1: Remove idling
We have recently written a piece on idling, without re producing everything from his blog post: How to reduce idling.
Anyway this post highlights that there is absolutely no point in leaving an engine running for any period of time.
2: Improve driving style
Harsh braking, rapid acceleration, over revving, wrong gear selection, the list goes on. A poorly driven vehicle can increase fuel consumption by up to 20% in some vehicles.
A perfect example of this is the time Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear raced a BMW M3 behind a Toyota Prius as seen in the video below. If you think there is room for improvement in your vehicles, just drop us an email and we can show you how we can help you get a handle on this.
3: Reduce remove navigation errors
We have all been lost at some point in time and driven all around the houses looking for our destination.
Do you ever wonder what percentage of your fleets mileage is as a result of this sort of lost driving?
I wonder about this too. It would actually make a great little piece of research. I could take something like 1000 journeys, examine them and work out what how many journeys have navigational errors (I could work this out by looking at their route replay).
It would probably be sector specific as I cant imagine vehicles with fixed routes would have many errors, but service vehicles or sales vehicles must have loads.
If anyone else is interested in this research please let me know. If there is enough interest I will organise something.
4: Remove private mileage
This is often more of a HR issue, but there is a lot of money on the table in reducing or removing private mileage.
It might be a place to go to look for savings. The options I have seen with our customers are as follows:
- Complete ban. Do not use the vehicle outside of work related tasks
- Cap mileage, for instance 200km per month is allowed. Anything over this and the employee must pay for it
- Reimbursement for private mileage: Employees must pay for any mileage they do in the company vehicle.
All of these options are easily covered by Transpoco and we can tailor the system to alert you to any infringements of the policy you have put in place.
We recently started trading in Norway, and we have found one of the biggest drivers in the GPS tracking market there is the need to prove that company vehicles are not used privately. The revenue commissioners in Norway visit football matches or supermarkets on the weekend looking for commercial vehicles. They take pictures of the vehicles, and note the registration. Then on Monday morning they show up with a VAT bill for the company and a benefit in kind bill for the driver. Good idea to raise extra tax, but nobody like more tax.
5: Remove management errors
This week I spoke to a potential customer who excellently articulated this problem. He says they strive to provide excellent customer service, so when a customer asked for a small delivery in Westport count Mayo, that had to be there the next day, he rearranged his whole dispatch plan to accommodate this customer. Currently he has no GPS tracking system and no way of easily looking back at these kind of incidents.
Now when he has he Transpoco GPS tracker installed he will be able to look at these sort of abnormalities and calculate the costs. Displaying these at his monthly management meetings will spell out to the rest of the directors in the team how much money they are wasting in being too flexible.
Putting a cost on these sort of decisions is the best way to think about them logically and to start putting policies and procedures in place to protect the company from this sort of loss in the future. For this particular case, I do not know how they could have avoided the incident, but surely there must be something that could be done in the future to help them avoid or minimise the issue.
Anyway that sums up my current thoughts on the 5 easiest ways to remove fuel consumption. I will add more to this over the next couple of months. If you want to be included on our mailing list just let us know.