The cost of fuel is one of the biggest expenses for fleet managers. The past few years have been challenging because of the pandemic, supply chain disruptions and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here’s how to encourage drivers to save fuel while on the road.
Implementing new policies
The most direct way to encourage fuel-efficient driving habits is to enforce new policies for drivers. Fleet managers could set efficiency metrics for the team and have them aim for specific targets each quarter. Some companies establish a speed limit for their drivers to ensure they get the best mileage possible.
Training drivers from the beginning
Fleet managers should communicate their expectations from the beginning to make policies effective. Hiring managers and supervisors can encourage fuel-efficient driving habits by showing new people in training. These workers could be entry-level, first-time employees or seasoned veterans. Either way, fleet managers should ensure they know the expectations and metrics they need to reach.
Giving feedback to drivers is important
Providing feedback is a great way to improve driving habits. Letting employees know how they’re doing and if they’re being fuel-efficient gives them direct knowledge of whether they’re performing well or need improvement. Today’s technology is beneficial because supervisors don’t have to sit with people while they operate.
Changing driver schedules
Based on traffic patterns in the area, fleet managers should create routes daily. The time of day can impact congestion significantly. One highway could have traffic jams frequently in the morning, but be mostly clear by midday. Driving at night typically brings less traffic on most routes.
Be aware of fuel capacity
Drivers can go for long stretches in rural areas without seeing a gas station. For example, vehicles on Interstate 70 in Utah can travel for over 100 miles without coming across a service station. Drivers who encounter roads like this should calculate their vehicles’ fuel range to avoid running out of gas.
Getting regular maintenance checks
Fleet managers can extend the life of their fleet by getting routine maintenance checks. These appointments increase fuel efficiency by ensuring all parts work at their peak level. Some elements fleet owners should examine are:
- Tires: Tires can have a significant impact on fuel efficiency. Fleet managers and drivers should track the PSI constantly and ensure it’s optimal for each tire. Underinflated tires compromise fuel mileage by about 0.2% for every pound dropped.
- Air filter: Another maintenance point affecting fuel economy is the air filter. It will have difficulty with airflow once it traps debris and dirt from the road, resulting in lower efficiency. Fleet managers should regularly replace the air filter to improve fuel economy.
- Engine: Engine tuneups are a necessity for fleets. Supervisors may see they need to replace the spark plugs or oxygen sensors when tuning the motor. Another way to help the engine is to upgrade the oil to a low-viscosity blend.
Also, having a fleet management software gives you a more comprehensive picture of your fleet’s operations. When you have this well-rounded view of your fleet, you can expand it more efficiently.
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