For any large business with a fleet of vehicles, fuel is one of your largest expenditures. While you can’t do much about the price of gas, you do have some control over how much gas you use. Try these eight tips to reduce fuel expenditures, and increase your profit margin.
Obey the speed limit. Speeding puts your drivers at risk of a ticket (and you at risk of insurance rate hikes), but it also causes vehicles to use more fuel. Remind your drivers to obey the speed limit, and avoid rapid accelerations.
Brake less. Leaving a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you means you won’t brake as often; subsequently, you will avoid having to accelerate once again.
Reduce idling time. If a vehicle will be sitting still for more than a minute or so, instruct your drivers to turn it off. Idling wastes gas and also contribute excess pollutants to the air.
Maintain your tires. Properly inflated tires reduce friction with the road, so that your vehicles use less gas. Since changing temperatures can cause air pressure to fluctuate, remember to check your tires regularly with a pressure gauge.
Maintain your vehicles. A properly tuned engine uses less gas, and clean oil filters also help to improve your mileage. Also check to make sure you’re using the right type of oil in your vehicles; the wrong type will overwork engines and cause them to waste gas.
Reduce air conditioner usage. The AC uses a ton of gas, so reduce usage whenever you can. Remind workers to park in the shade and roll down the windows, and to use the AC only on extra hot days if possible.
Choose the best routes. A route with the fewest stop signs and traffic lights can help you save gas, even more so than the shortest route.
Enroll in a GPS tracking service. A good GPS tracking service can help you accomplish many of the above tasks, such as proper vehicle maintenance, keeping an eye on employee driving habits, improved routing, and more. You can also use the service to analyze your employees’ driving habits and take appropriate measures to reduce fuel usage and save money.
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