Fleet managers are constantly looking for new ways in which they can minimize their costs while maintaining cost-effective commercial fuel services. The good news is that there are many ways in which you can reduce your fleet’s highest cost. Let’s take a look at ways in which you can increase your bottom line while saving on costs at the same time.
Monitor Your Drivers’ Behavior
You may not be aware of this, but it is said that your drivers’ habits and behaviors can have a direct effect on your fuel efficiency; in fact, it can impact it by about 33%. Mistakes happen and sometime they are unavoidable, but if it becomes an going problem you should consider whether you need to make some changes. What can you do? Find out who and what is costing you money by tracking behavior. This can be done using engine data, advanced sensors and GPS tracking to determine if there is inconsistent speed occurring, abrupt breaking, or quick accelerating. Monitoring these habits can actually reduce accidents, improve fuel efficiency, extend the life of your fleet, and reduce overall costs to your company. Remember that if your employees are aware that they are being monitored, chances are their behaviors will only improve.
Control Fuel Costs
As you know, fuel is one of the costliest expenses and as a result, fleet managers are always looking for ways in which they can save on fuel. GPS route planning is available and effective for cutting down on petroleum costs. Through this technology, your drivers can stay away from weather issues and traffic jams which helps to reduce travel times and unnecessary idling time. If you convince your employees of the importance behind economical driving, you may save thousands of dollars and gallons of gas each year.
Take a Close Look at Your Fleet Policy
Have you implemented any policies in your company that work to limit fleet costs? We suggest that you first start with a preventative maintenance policy if you don’t already have one. In doing so, you will prevent the possibility of surprise future breakdowns from occurring. If you sense that your team is making purchases that are unauthorized, you may want to consider introducing a fuel purchasing policy. Through the use of a fuel card, you can set limits that will save you money and give you an idea of what you’re currently spending regularly in fleet management.
Evaluate and Manage Your Assets
Take a close look into your fleet vehicles and check that you aren’t spending money on vehicles that aren’t performing as they should be. For instance if your fleet is made up of older trucks, it may be time to replace them if you are spending more money on maintenance than they are worth.
Convenient, One-Stop Shop
Many vendors sell oil products, but not all can provide a selection of petroleum products under one roof. For simplicity and cost-effective solutions, choose a fuel supplier that can provide you with onsite delivery of diesels, oils, and other necessary supplies for your operations to continue running smoothly and successfully each day.
Brown’s Fuels provides on-site delivery for trucking fleet, construction heavy equipment, and landscaping vehicles. From a single piece of equipment to a large fleet, On-Site Refueling helps you make the most of your operating hours.
Contact our team today for more information at 1-888-542-7799