The 16 Most Effective Ways to Save Big on Fuel – Pt. 2

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Part 2

9. Maintain excellent maintenance on your vehicles. Using e-Maintenance, you can automate preventative maintenance and be alerted immediately when you have an issue (and before it becomes a big problem). Regular and preventative maintenance on wheel alignment and air filters for example, will make a measurable impact on fuel consumption every quarter.

10. Change your tires. Switch to low-rolling resistance tires. And make sure that your drivers are checking that tires are properly inflated after every stop. Using the FleetUp ELD app, its takes only seconds.

11. Try a second tier fuel supplier. The price differences between tier one and two fuel suppliers can be significant. When you are next reviewing your suppliers, shop around. You (and your bosses) might be pleasantly surprised with the value you can get. And of course, make sure that you stay current on market prices for fuel. There are many apps for iOS and Android phones that make tracking simple and will send you alerts.

12. Optimize your drivetrain configurations. According to Fleet Financials, when you gear “a truck so the engine is running at a slower RPM at a given speed, less fuel is burned. This must be balanced with meeting “startability and gradeability” requirements.” For fleets running on mostly flat land, this could be particularly impactful.

13. Make your vehicles more aero-dynamic. Improving aero-dynamics can be a quick and inexpensive way to reduce your fuel waste:

  • Avoid driving with a lowered tailgate
  • Add a cover to pickups
  • Switch mirrors to more aero-dynamic models
  • Remove fender-mounted mirrors
  • Put air filters under the hood.

14. Get the junk out of the trunk! Over time drivers just seem to accumulate unnecessary stuff in their rigs. Institute a quarterly purging of junk.

15. Increase personal use charges. No one wants to get too punitive with our drivers, but personal use of company vehicles not only wastes fuel, but adds avoidable wear and tear on the vehicle. Make sure that personal use charges adapt to fuel costs, but demand a premium price. And you should calculate the cost of each vehicle’s maintenance by the mile and includes those charges as well.

16. Driver ride-sharing. If you have multiple employees going to the same location using company vehicles, coordinate a ride-sharing program. This one might seem like a hassle, but you will notice the savings quickly. Encourage your drivers with a friendly competition for the most shared rides.

To learn more about how FleetUp can help you save on fuel, schedule a demo.