21 December 2021
5 ways to improve your fleet fuel management
With the recent increases in the price of petrol and diesel,
fuel continues to be one of the biggest expenses within a fleet and that’s
unlikely to change for a while. Therefore, it's key for business success that
fleet managers continue to monitor fuel usage and look for ways to control fuel
costs to the business.
Although fuel prices can’t be controlled, there are ways
to improve fuel efficiency and to save money in the long term. Here are our top
5 ways to improve fleet fuel management.
It’s impossible for drivers to know the best route to take
all the time, even if they’re familiar with the area because traffic, roadworks
and new drop-off points can throw a route off course. Route optimisation can be
a great help in planning the most effective route, cutting down on excessive
mileage and, consequently, fuel. The software compiles the best route based on
all fleet tasks and creates the route which maximises vehicle utilisation, the
lowest mileage and still meets customer expectations.
A well-maintained vehicle will always perform better than a
neglected one, as well as helping to prevent avoidable breakdowns. Preventative
maintenance and continuous maintenance checks should be completed to help keep
the vehicle in top condition which will help maximise your fleet’s fuel consumption.
This could include checking tyre pressure/tread, oil levels, wheel alignment
and brakes, all of which are important to a vehicle’s fuel consumption.
Unfortunately, the paperwork side of regular maintenance
checks can be a chore, but with PODstar’s
Vehicle Inspection App, it’s easy. Our software will increase compliance
with drivers and regulations, save you money on costly out-of-the-blue repairs,
and give you peace of mind.
Monitor driver behaviour
Driver behaviour does play a part in fleet fuel management,
and although there is little that management can physically do about their
driver’s behaviour when they are on the road, opening lines of communication
and making suggestions can be helpful. There are several driver practices that
can be introduced to help reduce wasting fuel including:
Not speeding. Even though drivers know they
shouldn’t speed, some still will, and driving at excessive speeds will burn
Turning off the engine. Many drivers will
leave their vehicle idling when on their delivery route but if they’re going to
be out of the vehicle more than a minute or two, the engine should instead be
Use cruise control where possible. If the
fleet vehicles are fitted with cruise control, the drivers should be encouraged
to use it whenever possible. This will help to maintain a consistent and steady
speed which helps to preserve fuel levels.
All of these behaviours and policies can be hard to track.
That’s why here at PODstar, we offer vehicle tracking
to ensure you have full visibility of your fleet and how your drivers are going
about their deliveries compared to the route planning. This can help you see if
they’re speeding, or deviating from their route without authorisation, costing
the company time and fuel.
Fleet fuel card
A great way to stay on top of fuel expenses is to use fuel
cards within your fleet management. By giving each driver their own fuel card,
it's easier to understand how much fuel is being used and allows for easy fuel
consumption analysis between drivers, taking into account their route lengths. This
also allows for historical trends to be calculated and can also help fleet
managers understand if a vehicle has inefficient fuel usage compared to others
in the fleet. All this helps reduce fuel wastage and enables the company to
become fuel optimised.
Vehicle weight loss
A simple way to improve fuel used within the fleet is to
ensure the vehicles are as light as they can be. This could be through cleaning
out rubbish, not carrying parcels that aren’t for that route or removing any
snow/ice during the cold seasons. Even keeping the vehicles clean can help with
fuel efficiency as dirt, oil and road salts can not only increase weight but
also decrease the vehicle's aerodynamics! It’s a simple solution that can save
fuel over a long period of time.
Find out more
If you’re looking for ways to improve our fleet fuel
management and would like to know more about our PODstar vehicle tracking
inspection app, get in touch
today. Our expert team is always happy to answer any questions you may have.