Fuel costs rose once again to record highs in late spring, eclipsing $4.50 per gallon nationwide. Any organization that relies on fuel is susceptible to that pain—and that includes school districts and their bus fleets. Georgia public schools were forced to go to remote learning days to save diesel fuel and cash, and a Florida district saw its fuel expenditures rise as much as 40 percent in a matter of months because of just-in-time purchasing policies.
For truckers in the Northeast, it will come as no surprise that I-95 in Fort Lee has once again given New Jersey the dubious distinction of having the worst traffic bottlenecks in the nation. It’s the fourth year in a row a New Jersey location has earned that “honor” which makes the Garden State one of the most difficult for fleet operators to navigate.
Even before the pandemic-related disruptions of the last two years, fleet managers faced a challenging set of market factors—driver shortages, fuel cost increases, and increasingly complex supply chains in Arkansas.
As scorching heat and violent storms rip through the Midwest this spring and early summer, fleet managers are looking for any extra intel they can find to keep drivers safe, reduce delays and keep supply chains intact. That’s where GPS tracking technology comes in.
One of the main byproducts of record fuel prices? Fleet managers are paying attention to fuel expenditures more intensely than ever. Fuel and depreciation are a fleet’s two largest expenses—but only fuel offers the opportunity for significant cost savings with some simple changes in policy and better analytics.
It’s easy enough to use the comprehensive driver monitoring tools available from a vendor like GPS Trackit to enforce company safety and equipment management policies. A good fleet management platform will tell you when and how every truck—and driver—on your team is performing in real-time.
With fuel prices at close to all-time highs in California and Arizona markets, it’s no surprise that fleet managers are dealing with increased incidents of gas theft. One small business owner came in and discovered five of her trucks had their gas tanks drilled and siphoned—costing her both the value of the lost fuel and downtime for repairs to her trucks’ tanks.
How GPS-enabled Dash Cams Can Save Lives and Money
Michigan is the automotive capital of the world, but recently, the Great Lakes State has shown some worrying on-road trends. Seat belt usage has shown a significant drop—from more than 98 percent in 2009 to 92.6 percent in 2021. That drop has contributed to a 10 percent increase in on-road fatalities.
Standard GPS systems installed in a tractor-trailer can help you monitor where your truck is at all times—but if the truck is gone, you’ll only be able to watch it disappear. Just this spring, Ukrainian farmers watched helplessly as their expensive farm machinery was stolen by Russia and moved by truck hundreds of miles across the border.