One of the biggest concerns facing the industry is the issue of fuel economy. Being fuel-efficient is necessary because it makes up a fleet’s substantial operating costs and can provide a competitive advantage in the increasingly complex world of fleet management.
While the price of fuel and the global influence on it are within control of a commercial fleet, a lot can be done by fleet owners to make the most of fuel that they use. Dedicating time to review and take control of your fleet’s efficiency will, in turn, identify areas in which fuel consumption can be less.
There are a lot of things the company can do to influence truck fuel efficiency, from utilizing fleet telematics to investing in disciplined maintenance protocols, to driver training. Implementing small changes can lead to big results in your business.
Four things to help optimize the performance and fuel economy of your equipment:
Do a Daily Vehicle Inspection:
A vehicle cannot run efficiently until the time regular maintenance is not done properly. However, there are some quick steps which can be followed in between the maintenance period. Keeping tires at optimal pressure with good tread, to regularly cleaning the air filters, these small things can make a big difference. Although very basic, the simple things are often the most productive.
Maintain Fuel Quality:
A lot of time, money and frustration can be saved in business by implementing a fuel management plan. There’s a lot of risks when storing fuel, from phase separation to microbial growth that contaminates the fuel. Contaminated fuels can affect engines severely and cause failure. From tank cleaning to fuel testing; there are few steps to be followed which can really boost your economy.
Invest in Synthetic Lubricants:
Lubricants secure the functionality of the engines. With hundreds of moving parts, all operating under a wide range of temperatures and conditions, lubricants protect the engines and prolongs its life. Synthetic lubricants are becoming more and more popular as people see benefits between synthetic and conventional lubricants. Using high-performance lubricants can help optimize the performance of commercial vehicles and improve fuel economy.
Conducting driver training is the most common measure taken to reduce fuel bills for commercial fleets. The highlighted issues can be addressed through effective training and techniques to help your drivers become more efficient. Even usage of simple techniques can lead to a huge difference in reduction in fuel consumption.
From driving training and monitoring to assessing your engine oil these are a few steps any commercial fleet can take in order to become more fuel-efficient.
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