3 Ways to improve the fuel efficiency of your fleet

Fuel Management

Fuel efficiency is the number one factor your fleet should focus on the reduce costs. As fuel prices continue to rise, fuel remains a major variable cost for fleets. Improving fuel efficiency is now easier than ever before with the use of state-of-the art technology. Fuel management technology is an invaluable tool for your fleet operation to improve fuel efficiency.

1.   Accurate reporting

By installing a fuel level monitor you will be able to generate reporting to help you optimise your fuel efficiency. At Landmark Tracking, our fuel consumption monitoring comes with a built-in GSM module providing continuous and in-depth reporting on fill-ups, usage and theft. As our systems are web-based, you can access this real-time information whenever, wherever, off multiple devices via app or login.

With accurate reporting, fleet managers are able to identify inefficiencies in fuel consumption by litres, percentage and rand value. State-of-the-art technology will provide the insights they require to identify and take action.

Fuel Management reporting from Landmark Tracking includes:

  • Trip report
  • Fleet reports
  • Stolen fuel alert
  • Event reports
  • In depth fuel report, including fill-ups & usage
  • Live fuel levels report

These reports can show you just how fuel efficient your vehicles are, as well as identify the fleet drivers behind fuel losses. Our reports provide intelligent data on driving habits, routes travelled and real-time usage of your fuel.

2.   Driver behaviour

Monitoring and improving the behaviour of drivers is an important step in optimising your fuel efficiency. By investing in a modern fuel management system, you can efficiently monitor your drivers and ensure that they are fuelling the right vehicles, at the right station, at the right time.

This system will also provide insights and data around idle times and vehicle speeds. From this you can address any drivers that are not fuel-efficient driving practices. It is only once a problem has been identified that effective actions can be taken to resolve it.

When addressing driver behaviour, it is important that fleet managers encourage and support better practices to encourage fuel efficiency. Consider offering regular evaluations and appraisals as well as corrective training to develop the skills and understandings of your drivers. For example, it is often believed that the shortest route is the most fuel efficient, but this is not always the case. If the shortest route is heavily congested or if it requires many stops and starts, then more fuel is wasted.

3.   Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance is often disregarded when considering factors that affect fuel efficiency. It is a simple, and not immediately obvious, truth that looking after your fleet can prevent a lot of wasted fuel.

The most impactful maintenance factor when it comes to fuel efficiency is your tyres. If you are using the incorrect tyres, or they are not properly inflated or heavily worn will increase the rolling resistance of your fleet vehicle, which in turn increases your fuel expenditure.

Assess what tyre your fleet requires for the type of driving being done. Once that is done, ensure they are inflated to the recommended pressure and regularly check for any signs of wear and tear. You can cut fuel consumption by up to 15% but following these two steps: fit the right tyres and keep them pumped to the right pressure.

Fuel efficiency is a pressing concern for fleet managers, and rightly so. By incorporating intelligent business data and effective technology you will be able to manage and optimise your fuel efficiency.

Request a FREE fleet management assessment today and find out how to improve your fuel efficiency. Tell us about your fleet management requirements and fuel efficiency concerns and let us provide you with a customised solution so you can make informed and strategic business decisions moving forward.