Fuel is always a major cost in a fleet-based business. If you can therefore increase fuel efficiency, you can save money. This is the aim of fuel trackers. Fuel trackers identify the areas of fleet fuel consumption where there is room for improvement. They are a critical component in your fleet management system when it comes to cost saving.
Fuel Trackers are designed to save fuel by:
Reducing vehicle speed, therefore increasing vehicle fuel efficiency
Decreasing vehicle idling times, therefore saving fuel
Improving routing and dispatching capabilities, therefore optimising fuel mileage
Allowing for well-honed maintenance schedules through alert setting for specific mileage, therefore improving fuel economy across the fleet
Integrating data with fuel cards and reports, therefore saving you money on wage costs and fuel costs alike
Fuel Trackers come in several different forms with various different functionalities. The very best combine GPS tracking systems with alerts allowing you to see immediately where fuel cost savings can be made across your fleet, whether you have one vehicle or hundreds.
Other Fuel Saving Devices
What are Fuel Savers & Are They Useful Fuel Saving Devices?
Fuel Savers are considerably different pieces of kit to fuel trackers. Fuel savers are, put simply, a magnet device which is installed as an attachment to your fuel line. The concept behind a fuel saver is to save fuel overall by making vehicle engines more fuel efficient. By making vehicle engines cleaner they have better horsepower for fuel input. In brief, fuel savers aim to optimise ignition, airflow and fuel flow to maximise fuel efficiency. However, it must be noted that fuel savers are not the same as fuel trackers, which are technological devices designed to fuel savings opportunities.
What are Fuel Mileage Trackers & Can They Increase Fuel Economy?
fuel-mileage-trackerMileage trackers record mileage done by a vehicle. Often part of a wider GPS tracking system, or a fuel tracking system, mileage trackers utilise GPS to monitor, record and verify mileage records. This enables fleet-based businesses to identify and tally mileage logs compared to fuel logs. Business mileage trackers are essential for fleet based businesses wanting to take full control over fuel costs and improve fleet operations, such as improve route planning to reduce mileage, to drive better value from your fleet.
Benefits of Fuel Trackers
The benefits of fuel trackers are far ranging. The biggest is the positive effect on your bottom line. A good fuel tracker will bring you the following benefits:
Cut fuel costs
Save money on fuel consumption
Reduce emissions and the carbon footprint of your fleet
Improve and increase productivity
Reduce mileage and extend the lifespan of your fleet
Enable a more efficient dispatch service improving customer service as well as reducing costs
Top 10 Tips on How to Increase Fuel Economy and Reduce Fuel Costs
Take the Most Direct Route: Using a fuel tracker as part of a wider fleet management system will allow you to reduce fuel costs simply by taking the most direct route from A to B. Taking this one step further, you can utilise a fuel tracker to identify better and more optimised routes for your fleet, such as those avoiding red lights, wait times, and stop-start traffic.
Reduce Idling Time: Idling costs your business money. Idling is fuel wasted whilst sitting still with the engine running. Whilst it may not be economical to switch the engine on and off in certain traffic conditions, it is worth turning the engine off when idling will be more than 1 minute, for example at pick-ups and drop-offs. A fuel tracker enables you to better train and educate your drivers on the cost of idling.
Speeding Stopped: For every 5 mph over 60 mph a vehicle wastes up to $0.24, so it makes sense to get on top of speeding within your fleet. Optimising speed across your fleet leads to better fuel economy. Fuel trackers also feed in to GPS tracking data collected to ensure speeding is eliminated across your fleet, thereby making you more compliant with Australian Law.
Monitor Fuel with Your Fuel Tracker: A fuel tracker allows you to quantifiably and accurately identify areas where changes can be made to improve fuel economy. You can identify real tangible weaknesses in your fleet and make them more efficient. By having the tools to measure fuel economy over consistent or repetitive trips and looking at this data in light of driving behaviour, it allows you to see which changes you can make and which will be worthwhile.
Maintenance Costs Under Control: When you link fuel trackers to your wider fleet-based technology then you can keep your vehicles well-maintained and ultimately make them more economical. For example, you can link tyre checks to mileage making sure your fleet’s tyres are consistently at optimum pressure, as well as legal and compliant with Australian Law.
Decrease Harsh Acceleration: Fuel guzzling happens when drivers operate your vehicles with harsh or undue acceleration. This style of driving requires more effort from your engine than maintaining a constant optimum speed. This is why cruise control is a good option for maintaining fuel efficiency. Revving wastes fuel and a fuel tracker will enable you to prevent wastage on excess energy on repeated deceleration and acceleration.
Harsh Braking: Harsh Braking is known to be fuel inefficient. A good fuel tracker will enable you to monitor harsh braking within your fleet and eliminate it, thereby reducing fuel costs.
Unnecessary Air Conditioning Use: Sophisticated fuel trackers enable you to identify where fuel is being used wastefully through excess air conditioning usage.
Traffic Monitoring:Traffic can be an enemy to fleet-based businesses in more than one way. Not only does traffic slow down and hinder on-time deliveries and routes, it also doesn’t make for fuel efficient driving conditions. Fuel trackers, linked to fleet management software, allows or route optimisation and an ability to redirect your fleet avoiding traffic-heavy fuel-consuming hotspots.
Getting the Right Gear: Another aspect of driver behaviour that can be monitored and reduced through the use of a fuel tracker is a propensity for some drivers to drive in too high a gear. Driving in low gears at high speed is not fuel efficient.
Fuel Tracker Case Studies – See How Fuel Trackers Can Save You Money
The following case studies outline how the installation of a fleet management fuel tracker system makes sound economic sense for any fleet based business.