In this age of diminishing resources, increased environmental awareness, and rising fuel prices, people are always looking for ways to reduce fuel consumption and costs, and improve their fuel efficiency while still maintaining their ability to operate and travel. When getting more fuel-efficient vehicles isn’t always within budget, another way you can reduce fuel consumption and costs, and improve fuel efficiency is to add a GPS tracking system to your vehicles. Not only cost-effective, but it can prove to be environmentally friendly too.
Here are 6 ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption with a GPS Tracking system:
- Fuel usage: By monitoring fuel consumption per vehicle, you can compare your fuel consumption practices before and after implementing changes not only to each vehicle, but among your entire fleet
- Driving speed: Certain speeds are understood to be more fuel efficient than others for vehicles to travel. Excessive speed not only uses more fuel, but can be dangerous and causes early wear on the vehicle. A GPS tracking system allows you to record the speed of each of your vehicles so that you can determine where inefficiencies exist. Likewise, if speed is too slow, you may need to alter driving routes.
- Efficient route tracking: Tracking each vehicle’s routes, you can determine the most efficient ways to get from Point A to Point B. Eliminating excess or unnecessary driving, adjusting too-frequent stopping, as well as avoiding traffic, will help drivers accomplish their deliveries faster and more efficiently. Additionally, monitoring driving distances allows you schedule regular maintenance which improves a vehicle’s fuel economy and keeps the vehicle in optimal working order.
- Idling time: By gathering data about how long each vehicle idles and the average idling time, you can determine how to limit idling times and consequently, reduce fuel consumption. This also helps prevent unnecessary polluting, as well as ages a vehicle needlessly.
- Vehicle performance: As with any machinery, maintenance is key to ensure optimal performance and efficiency. With a GPS system, you can record engine and vehicle data such as engine diagnostic codes, odometer, fluid levels, and brake systems. By knowing this data, you can schedule automatic alerts for preventative maintenance to ensure that the vehicles are operating optimally and locate those that are not operating as efficiently as the other vehicles.
- Driver performance: Finally, a GPS tracking system can also record details about driver speed, including excessive braking or travelling over the speed limit. This can create unwarranted wear and tear on the vehicle, and reduces fuel efficiency. As well, you can determine drivers that need to be more conscious of driving inefficiency.
Implementing a GPS tracking system is a simple, efficient, and cost-effective way of monitoring both your vehicles and drivers to determine the areas where you can improve fuel efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and costs, with the added benefit of greening your fleet. It’s an effortless change, but one that can make a big difference.
How are you reducing your fuel consumption - Please feel free to share your own best practices in reducing fuel costs.