For many companies, accurately monitoring fuel usage is crucial for compliance and cost control. However, manually tracking fuel consumption and producing reports can be extremely tedious, and it typically relies on drivers keeping detailed logs at fuel stations. Luckily, cloud-based fleet management systemsprovide an easier way to take control of fuel reporting. By connecting vehicle telematics and fuel transaction data in the cloud, usage is logged in real time. This allows managers to access detailed analytics through automated fuel reports. In this blog, we’ll explore the major benefits of using fleet software in the cloud to manage fuel reporting and uncover better insights.
Manual methods often require employees to handwrite their fuel consumption and mileage data. This can lead to the following problems:
The number-one issue with paper fuel logs is the inherent data gaps as miles are driven between fill-ups. Drivers simply can’t record the exact fuel consumed for entire trips. This leads to inaccurate overall MPG calculations when managers try to reconcile purchase volumes versus miles logged, which is critical for performance monitoring. Even worse, missing receipts or recording errors contribute to incorrect data and distorted costs.
Another major headache stems from the fragmented systems associated with manual fueling data. Details reside in driver notebooks, payment ledgers, accounting packages, maintenance software, and other resources. These disparate sources all house pieces of the puzzle, making it tough for managers to gain a big-picture overview of fleet fuel consumption—especially when hunting discrepancies for accounting audits.
Manual records prevent detailed analytics, since data only appears in batch spreadsheets or logbooks. There’s no easy way for managers to break down fuel usage by vehicle, driver behavior, and routes over custom timeframes. A lack of these drill-downs makes it nearly impossible to pinpoint opportunities to improve MPG performance or reduce waste.
Processing handwritten fuel entries creates substantial administrative work for back-office staff. Employees must manually input data from paper logs into spreadsheets for calculations and reporting. This ties up significant employee bandwidth in an extremely labor-intensive data transfer as fleet size increases.
The data gathered by Link2Pump’s platform is transmitted via cellular networks to cloud software, giving managers total visibility. Dashboards display live information to uncover opportunities to improve fuel economy. Alerts also let owners know when abnormal consumption could mean mechanical issues or inefficient driving.
Alongside telematic fuel measurements, drivers manage and log transactions at filling stations through a mobile app. This captures cost, volume, payment info, and other data, which is instantly transferred to the cloud. Managers get real-time confirmation when drivers refuel vehicles while out in the field.
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With continuous streams of accurate fuel transaction data, our cloud-based software can automate reporting and save administrative time. The system runs calculations behind the scenes, so managers don’t have to compile spreadsheets. It can generate reports on demand, showing essential KPIs like:
- Total fuel spend over custom time frames
- Average fleet MPG performance
- Fuel usage per vehicle
- Cost per mile for vehicles or drivers
- Fuel metrics for specific territories and district managers
The software also detects anomalies between telematic fuel measurement and filled volumes to highlight potential theft. Built-in alerts show when pre-set thresholds are breached, such as low fuel economy scores.
Managers can also set scheduled reports to distribute via email to stakeholders. This keeps team members aware of fuel performance without running manual assessments.
Cloud fleet software centralizes huge volumes of rich telematics, location trails, and fuel data in the cloud. Managers can tap into this information on demand to conduct a detailed analysis.
For example, a fleet executive might notice a sharp decline in MPG scoring for a vehicle over a month. They can dig deeper into specifics like engine data, acceleration, braking patterns, idling metrics, and speeds.
Reviewing the vehicle’s GPS trails along with its fuel consumption pinpoints issues on certain routes or with particular drivers. This helps in the development of training to improve poor driving habits.
The ability to overlay contextual telematics with fuel transactions uncovers insights that aren’t available in manual reporting. Fleet analytics shine a light on exactly when, where, and why fuel gets used, so managers can implement targeted fixes.
While fuel reporting provides key insights into consumption, understanding vehicle maintenance issues is also critical. Engine problems like faulty oxygen sensors, clogged air filters, and low tire pressures negatively impact MPG.
Cloud platforms bridge the gap between fuel and maintenance data streams. Digital driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs), maintenance work orders, and part inventories feed into the software. Managers can cross-reference the repair needs identified on DVIRs with increased fuel consumption alerts from telematics. This connectivity shows the maintenance required to restore lost fuel economy.
Some platforms even use machine learning algorithms. These can analyze vehicle telemetry and diagnostic fault codes to accurately predict maintenance needs. The systems automatically generate alerts for preventative maintenance scheduling to get ahead of problems before MPG drops.
Accurately tracking fuel costs is vital for reducing costs and inconsistencies. Link2Pump’s pedestal and mobile fuel pump controllers feature cloud connectivity that allows you to monitor each employee’s and vehicle’s consumption.
Contact us today to learn more about our fuel cloud support solutions.
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