Vehicle Tracking Systems - Reduce Fuel Costs In Your Business
Using A Vehicle Tracking System In
Your Business Can Reduce Your Fuel Costs
While fuel prices fluctuate the general movement tends to be on
the rise. Fuel costs will continue to be a significant
expense for businesses no matter what the size of the fleet.
Vehicle tracking systems can provide a successful and effective
way of reducing fuel consumption. Of course how useful the tracking
system is will depend on the system you decide to take; some
vehicle tracking systems simply tell you where your vehicle is at
any point in time, others are more sophisticated.
A fully integrated vehicle tracking solution will provide
additional functionality that will help you to manage and reduce
fuel consumption within your fleet. In many businesses, especially
today, tight profit margins and strong competition means that
competitive advantage in delivery, distribution or transportation
can have a significant impact on your revenue.
How Will Vehicle Tracking Reduce Fuel
When you implement a vehicle tracking solution across your
business fleet you can reduce your fuel costs in a number of
Reduce Engine Idle Time
One way a fleet manager can impact fuel consumption is by reducing
unnecessary vehicle idle time. Not only will this save costs
and reduce air emissions, it will also extend the lifetime of the
vehicle. Your drivers might want to maintain a comfortable
temperature in their cabs no matter what the season: the heater on
in the winter and the air conditioning on in the summer, so when
they make a delivery they leave the vehicle running and the engine
This might mean an engine idling for hours throughout the working
day; consuming unnecessary petrol or diesel.
Excessive idling can prematurely age a
vehicle and when a vehicle ages this has a direct impact
on fuel economy and engine efficiency. By installing vehicle
tracking a business owner, or fleet manager, can manage each
vehicle in the fleet. The reports received and the alerts
generated, from the vehicle tracking system, help monitor driver
behaviour; show when vehicles are moving, when the engine is
idling, whether the engine is on or off, if the vehicle is speeding
or using excessive braking.
Increasingly businesses are taking more notice of the negative
impact vehicle idling can have. You might already have encouraged a
voluntary effort from your drivers to stop excessive engine idling
and this has probably had a positive effect on fuel consumption.
With a vehicle tracking system it is possible to measure,
monitor and manage engine idling and thereby reducing both fleet
costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon foot print.
Monitor Vehicle Speeds
When you dispatch your delivery vehicles, your service engineers
or sales reps to a customer, you probably ask them to arrive as
quickly as possible. Your drivers almost certainly drive to their
appointed destinations as fast as possible, perhaps regularly
exceeding the speed limits as they go.
However excessive speeding, conceivably all speeding, is
dangerous for your employee making their journey more risky, using
more fuel and adding to the overall cost of the journey and the
vehicle. A vehicle tracking systems will send
alerts to the business owner, fleet manager or driver to
tell them when they're exceeding speed limits and encouraging them
to slow down. It has been estimated that excessive speeding
could reduce the fuel economy of a vehicle by to 20%.
Even if you have a small fleet, making a
fuel cost saving of 20% each year quickly makes a positive
impact and goes some way to offset fuel price increases. If
you have a large fleet then the potential benefit will be even more
Vehicle tracking technology has advanced greatly over the last few
years and now tracking systems can include mapping, traffic and
speed limit information while monitoring fuel usage and efficiency,
vehicle speed and vehicle locations - all in real-time. This
data can be used to improve vehicle and driver efficiency.
Introducing a vehicle tracking system encourages drivers to be
responsible for their driving and to be more aware of bad habits.
When drivers know you are monitoring their driving behaviour; their
speed and fuel consumption, they start to take greater care of how
they drive the company vehicle and subsequently you'll see a
positive impact on fuel costs, vehicle wear and tear and possible
an improved reputation with the general public.
Improved Delivery Planning
Simply starting a vehicle, running it and letting it idle
consumes fuel and increases fleet costs. Any or all of
your businesses vehicles may make numerous stops every
day. With a vehicle tracking system you can
save time and reduce fuel use by improved vehicle
scheduling. If your business has deliveries that are
subject to frequent change, or are not necessarily scheduled by
appointments, then it's essential to determine the most efficient
route. Scheduling routes and planning deliveries help
to save fuel and make drivers more effective. However, there
is an important difference between simply planning the route and
optimising the routes.
Optimising a route means assisting the driver not only to navigate
to the destination but to avoid traffic problems, such as
congestion and road works. This in turn will reduce vehicle
inefficiency, such as engine idling, and will save on fuel costs
and vehicle wear and tear. A fleet manager can
communicate with drivers quickly and decide on the best route or
changes to the route as driving conditions or work loads change
throughout the day.
It is estimated that by introducing a vehicle tracking system can increase vehicle
productivity by as much as 25%. The tracking system
can monitor multiple vehicles and their drivers simultaneously and
so find the best vehicle for a specific delivery or location
quickly and easily. Better scheduling means less miles
travelled and consequently less fuel used, an extended vehicle
life, better customer service and a reduced carbon footprint.
Keep Up-To-Date Records
Fuel expense is a significant cost to many businesses and
especially for those with fleets. Making sure you monitor and
keep track of fuel purchases is common sense if you want to control
fuel expenditure. Many businesses will introduce fuel cards to help
them manage fuel costs.
A fuel card can provide a discounted fuel price
so that fuel costs can be immediately improved. Additionally
fuel cards improve administration because they provide a single VAT
invoice showing all dates and times for purchases of fuel.
You're no longer looking for individual receipts from
drivers. However the introduction of a fuel card is
only the start of effective fuel management. In order
to fully manage fuel consumption a vehicle tracking solution is
required to record purchase and mileage information as well as to
maintain accurate records and implement procedures to change fuel
purchase behaviour. Looking for Fuel Card Quotes?
A vehicle tracking system can show the location of service
stations, vehicle mileage, routes travelled and stops made.
Tracking fuel costs in this way, by vehicle as well as
driver, make it easier to control fleet expenses.
Unauthorised use of company vehicles, or
after-hours use, can add significant additional expense to fleet
costs, not only from the extra fuel used but also engine wear and
tear. The tracking system can send a notification to you when a
vehicle is used outside of working hours. Any fuel consumed on
unapproved journeys can be identified and eradicated, further
reducing fleet expenses while increasing vehicle
Well maintained vehicles perform better than those that are less
cared for. A vehicle tracking management systems will provide
maintenance information to ensure every company vehicle is
performing efficiently. The systems maintenance reporting can
notify a fleet manager or business owner when maintenance is due
based on different variables including mileage, drive time
Routine maintenance schedules can improve a vehicles fuel
economy by up to 10%. These savings can be
significant for fleets with twenty five vehicles or more. If you
want to ensure the best fuel economy then it's critical to maintain
your company vehicles. A vehicle tracking system will not
only notify you when a vehicle is due for a service but it can also
keep information about previous services and any past
Vehicles that are regularly serviced stay operational for longer
and work more efficiently.
Summary - Vehicle Tracking will reduce your
By implementing a vehicle tracking system, together with a fuel
card programme, will reduce your fuel consumption, increase
vehicle efficiency and keep your vehicles on the road
longer. Additionally a vehicle tracking system will improve driver
behaviour and in doing so with your company's Duty of Care
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