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One Simple Secret for Reducing Your Fuel Usage

By Jessica Stoddard Back to Home on Dec 19, 2016
Reducing Fuel

Fuel costs are a significant expense for every fleet-based business. Reducing fuel usage is the most effective way to decrease your business's fuel costs, but between fluctuating gas prices and understanding how your drivers operate their vehicles while they're in the field, identifying opportunities to reduce your fleet's overall fuel usage can be challenging.

We'll let you in on a secret: reducing your fuel usage is easy when you track your vehicles with GPS tracking devices.

GPS trackers like Linxup collect comprehensive data on vehicle routes and driver behavior, which you can use to reduce your fuel usage by up to 8 gallons per vehicle per month. By simply tracking their vehicles, many fleets are able to reduce their fuel usage by up to 20%.

Identify the worst offenders for idling

Did you know that your vehicles could burn up to a full gallon of gas for every 60 minutes spent idling? On top of that, vehicles that spend approximately an hour idling each day put nearly 69,000 miles of additional wear and tear on their engine.

Insights collected by GPS tracking devices can help you determine where and why your drivers are idling so you can take steps to eliminate this wasteful behavior and reduce your fuel usage.

With a GPS tracker, you can monitor routes and easily pinpoint opportunities to reduce idling, such as long traffic lights or roads with stop-and-go traffic, and update your routes accordingly. You can also easily keep track of the worst idlers in your fleet using real-time alerts for excessive idling, as well as detailed idling reports.

Mobile Alert

Additionally, you can use the information collected by your GPS device to encourage and incentivize drivers to turn off their engines when the vehicle is in use. Idling is significantly more wasteful than stopping and restarting your engine. According to the EPA, restarting an engine uses no more more fuel than idling for 20 seconds, and has very little harmful impact on vehicle components.

Eliminate wasteful driving habits

Slower and steady wins the race when it comes to fuel economy. Simply reducing speed from 75 MPH to 65 MPH can reduce fuel use by up to 20%, yet speeding remains one of the most commonly reported wasteful driving habits.

With real-time alerts for wasteful driving behaviors like speeding, rapid acceleration, and harsh braking, you can help your drivers stay on track and maintain fuel-efficient speeds, as well as determine which drivers would benefit from additional coaching. The best GPS tracking systems also allow you to customize your alerts so you only receive notifications when drivers exceed a set speed threshold, which will help minimize clutter in your email inbox so you can focus on the drivers that need the most assistance.

Planning more efficient routes

By reviewing routes and monitoring live traffic updates, you can schedule your drivers more effectively in order to reduce drive time and fuel usage.

Route Replay

With features like real-time location tracking and interactive route replay, GPS trackers make it easy to determine which routes run smoothly and efficiently as well as which routes need to be tweaked. You can also input customer information and group clients by location in order to create more efficient schedules and reduce drive time and fuel usage.

Learn more about how Linxup GPS trackers can help you optimize routing.

Dispatching drivers more effectively

Efficient dispatch can help you limit the amount of time your drivers spend on the road travelling between locations. GPS tracking systems improve dispatch in a number of ways. When you track your drivers with a GPS device, you can:

  • Quickly and easily identify the nearest or most convenient driver to any job site, which will cut down on distances between locations and time spent on the road.
  • Avoid traffic jams and unnecessary idling using live traffic updates.
  • Redirect drivers based on distance or the most convenient route. Sometimes, the nearest driver isn't the most fuel-efficient choice, depending on traffic and other route factors such as road closures.
  • Help lost drivers get back on track quickly using real-time location tracking.

Automating vehicle maintenance

Issues like low tire pressure are easy to overlook, but can unnecessarily increase your fleet's fuel usage. Keeping your vehicles in top condition by sticking to your routine maintenance schedule will keep your vehicles running more efficiently so they use less fuel.

Maintenance Reminder

With a GPS tracking device, you can automate preventive maintenance schedules so you never miss a tune-up again. Simply input routine maintenance such as oil changes or vehicle inspections and create an alert for upcoming repairs or maintenance. Alerts can be scheduled based on miles traveled, hours of usage, or scheduled dates.

Learn more about tracking maintenance schedules.

Keep an eye on after-hours and unauthorized usage

Misuse or unauthorized use of company vehicles is one of the most common causes of unnecessary fuel consumption. With customizable geofences and alerts for after-hours or unauthorized use, tracking your vehicles makes it easy to validate that drivers are using their vehicles appropriately and can help you cut down on employees using vehicles (and fuel) without permission.

Start saving

GPS tracking devices are a powerful tool for reducing your fuel usage. By monitoring routes and driver behavior, you can optimize scheduling, encourage efficient driving habits, and take steps to eliminate wasteful behaviors like speeding and unauthorized use.

Learn more about how Linxup GPS tracking devices can help reduce your fleet's fuel usage.