For the vast majority of fleet operators, fuel is the single biggest variable expense. Unless you take control of your fuel costs, your fuel costs will take control over your profits.
But with the right fuel control solutions, you can reduce costs, increase efficiency and make better, faster decisions. Pay attention to these three key areas to take back your fuel control:
Everyone knows maintenance is important, but are you really measuring where your vehicles are potentially costing you more than they should? Checking tire pressure, tire rotation, oil changes, and replacing air filters can help optimize the vehicle’s fuel performance. Properly inflated tires can also increase fuel efficiency by up to 3% according to the US Department of Energy. The best fleet management systems automate this process and give you all the maintenance information you need in real-time. That way, you can tackle issues before they become disabling, and rotate vehicles in a way that avoids service disruption.
By using data generated from GPS tracking, engine statistics, and fuel usage reports, fleet managers can identify areas where fuel consumption is being impacted. By reducing idling times and optimizing routes, you can use telematics-like data to help reduce fuel consumption, and as a result, help reduce fleet costs. Better yet, telematics solutions can help promote and improve driver safety and boost customer satisfaction. GPS Trackit clients are using artificial intelligence-powered video telematics systems to help predict potentially distracted driving behavior and warn operators before it becomes a problem. Automated notification problems can work with GPS-enabled telematics systems to tell your clients when their technicians will arrive.
On the front line of the fuel control battle, fuel cards can direct your drivers to the locations where you save the most money. The best fleet management systems integrate fuel cards with the telematics systems in the vehicle to direct drivers to convenient in-network fueling stations. They can even disable cards if they aren’t used within a prescribed area. Cost and frequency data is also valuable for plotting vehicle use and service scheduling.
To learn more about how GPS Trackit is helping clients gain fuel control with their fleets, talk to a Fleet Advisor for a free, personalized demo today.