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5 Ways to Reduce Fuel Waste in the Trucking Industry

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In any industry, waste management and reduction are essential to cutting costs and maintaining a healthy budget. Limiting fuel waste can be the difference between profits and problems for fleet managers. And, since fuel expenses account for approximately 60% of a fleet’s operating costs, saving fuel means saving money. Here are five ways to reduce fleet fuel waste.

#1. Amplify Fuel Savings with a Fuel Management System

Implementing a fuel consumption monitoring system gives you greater insight into fuel management for more visibility and control over fuel economy. Managing your heavy-duty truck fuel consumption (as well as lighter vehicles) is crucial to eliminating waste, lowering fuel costs, and bolstering your bottom line.

Titan GPS’s holistic fleet management solutions (including fleet fuel tracking) identify poor driving habits—like excessive idling or speeding. You can provide real-time feedback and plan fuel-efficient routes to control fuel consumption and achieve maximum savings when you know what you’re working with.

#2. Manage Driver Habits Throughout Your Truck Fleet

At the core of fleet fuel management is driver behavior. Fleet driver management can significantly increase fuel efficiency.

Titan GPS, powered by Certified Tracking Solutions, provides a record of every aspect of a fleet vehicle’s operation—including factors affecting fuel consumption like speeding, idling, route tracking, and maintenance. Armed with this data, fleet managers can assess driver behavior and stay on top of the primary causes of excessive fuel consumption. Curbing aggressive driving and wasteful habits proactively improves the things most important to you:

  • Fleet fuel optimization
  • Cost savings
  • Fleet health and efficiency
  • Driver and fleet safety

The average fuel savings across industries is 8%. Check out our fleet management ROI calculator to see how your fleet stacks up. Just type in your fleet info to see your estimated savings on idling, mileage, maintenance, and productivity.

#3. Monitor Speeding for Driver and Fleet Safety

Speeding is a leading cause of fuel waste. And while we’d like to think fleet drivers are on the straight and narrow, the reality is that 40% of Americans admitted they had driven 20 mph over the speed limit at some point. And 70% of Canadians said they occasionally exceed the speed limit.

Fuel expenses aside, those stats are startling from a safety point of view. Reining in excessive speed reduces accidents, tickets, and asset wear and tear. Most importantly, it keeps the roads safe for everyone. Here are a few stats that may surprise you:

  • Going just 5 mph over a 65 mph limit can decrease fuel economy by 7%.
  • Reducing speed by 10% reduces the likelihood of collisions by 50%.
  • Customers who have installed Titan GPS tracking solutions have saved 20-35% on fuel.

How can fleet managers work with drivers to raise awareness and manage speeding? Titan GPS fleet management solutions make it easy to perform truck driver behavior analysis. Combine these existing solutions with our advanced AI dash cam, and you have next-level monitoring and reporting capabilities. Take a baseline reading on speeding activity, coach your drivers about fuel-efficient driving techniques in real-time, and track the progress toward your goals.

#4. Optimize Fleet Routing to Limit Fuel Costs

Fuel savings don’t just happen in the field; dispatch plays an essential role in increasing fuel efficiency. Titan GPS provides alerts about construction delays, working accidents, and road closures so your team can re-route drivers as necessary. Choosing the most direct routes for deliveries or snow plowing can significantly reduce fuel expenditures.

Companies can implement geofencing as part of their delivery route optimization. A virtual perimeter lets you record and analyze activity around customer sites, warehouses, and specific routes. Track arrival and departure times and the speed of vehicles, and configure alerts for any issues (e.g., late delivery).

Finally, train drivers to adopt fleet route optimization practices so fuel isn’t wasted by circling back, waiting in traffic, or looking for the correct street. Buy-in from drivers goes a long way to successful fuel management.

#5. Track Idling Time for Maximum Fleet Efficiency

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Some operational idling is necessary (maybe your driver is caught in traffic), and some isn’t (a driver leaves the truck running while he finishes paperwork in the cab). The Titan GPS Fleet Driving Summary ranks the top driver performance issues, including travel speed, idling, and aggressive driving behavior. Reduce truck idling time and you’ll see significant savings yearly (even monthly).

Idling fuel consumption per hour can be more than 3.5 liters. That means true idle time costs could be up to

  • $2.66 per day for normally-aspirated diesel engines
  • $2.93 per day for turbocharged diesel
  • $3.06 per day for gasoline engines

If you have a fleet of 25 vehicles, that’s a savings of $24,000-$27,000 per year. If your team can manage fleet idling as a whole, you’ll see substantial savings in fuel consumption, cost, and productivity.

Bonus Tip: Keep Fuel Costs in Check with a GPS Fleet Tracking System

Not sure how to encourage good fuel use practices among your drivers? Consider installing Titan GPS fleet telematics solutions to increase fleet fuel efficiency and your bottom line. Our vehicle tracking devices can monitor driver speed, plan and record routes, and even limit idling to help your company reduce fuel costs. Are you ready to take control of your fleet’s fuel consumption? Contact our experts for tailored fleet management solutions today.

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