August 4, 2017

5 Tips for Saving Fuel on the Road

5 Tips for Saving Fuel on the Road

Fuel consumption is often one of the biggest expenses for a fleet. By minimizing the expenses associated with fuel consumption, you can improve the overall bottom line of your business and maximize the profits.

In this blog post, we highlight 5 proven tips for saving fuel on the road.

1. Efficient Route Management with GPS Tracking

Electronic logging devices or ELDs come along with a GPS tracking feature that you can use to decrease the amount of fuel consumption.

With the help of GPS tracking, fleet managers can identify the shortest and least congested areas. Such efficient route management ensures that vehicles aren’t on the road more than they are supposed to — which directly impacts the amount of fuel they consume.

Additionally, with proper fleet management, you can also consolidate trips that ensure drivers aren’t just retracing their steps. Unsanctioned route deviations can also be curtailed with the help of real-time tracking and vehicle monitoring.

2. Improving Driver Behavior

Studies have proven that bad driving practices directly affect the amount of fuel consumption. By improving driver behavior, carriers can easily save fuel wastage and a lot of money.

For example, it is estimated that drivers who drive at 65 mph, instead of 55 mph, consume 20% extra fuel. By actively monitoring whether a driver is speeding or not, fleet managers can save hundreds of gallons of fuel per year.

Furthermore, other bad driving behaviors, such as hard cornering, hard acceleration, hard braking, etc. also consume extra fuel.

KeepTruckin ELDs provide all such data (and more). Fleet administrators can use the KeepTruckin Dashboard for Fleets to find out detailed information on driver behavior and fuel wastage.

3. Minimizing Idling

Idling refers to running a vehicle’s engine when the vehicle isn’t in motion. It has been proven that idling consumes a lot of fuel, but there are still many drivers who do this.

By putting a stop to idling, you can save a lot of fuel.

For a truck that consumes $70,000 of fuel per year, it is estimated that nearly $5,600 is spent on idling. Assuming your fleet has 100 vehicles, the total amount of wasted fuel could be $560,000 every year. That’s more than a half million dollars that you can easily save by monitoring vehicles and commercial drivers that are involved in idling.

The KeepTruckin ELD solution has an idle-time tracking feature that lets fleet managers monitor drivers who idle. You can identify drivers who idle for too long or too frequently as well as compare drivers’ performances across different terminals.

4. Checking Tires

Although it is a small thing, ensuring that tires are not under-inflated can save you a lot of money in terms of fuel consumption.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can improve gas mileage from 0.6% to up to 3% by keeping the tires properly inflated.

5. Using Fuel Cards for Saving Fuel

Whether you have a small fleet or a large one, using fuel cards can help you save a significant amount of money.

Most fuel card providers offer great discounts when you use their services and cards. Apart from that, drivers enjoy benefits such as improved security, extra convenience, and an easier time tracking purchases with fuel cards.

What’s Next?

So here are 5 proven tips for saving fuel on the road.

However, a lot depends on the amount of driver data and insights fleet managers can gather. This is where ELDs come in.

The KeepTruckin ELD solution is packed with features such as idle-time tracking, vehicle diagnostics, GPS tracking, and driver scorecards. All these features play crucial roles in minimizing fuel-related expenditures.

Request a free demo of the KeepTruckin ELD solution and see how it can help you bring down the cost you spend on fuel every month.

KeepTruckin ELDs are FMCSA-certified and start from as low as $20 per month. If you have any questions, call us at 855-434-ELOG.

Request Demo