With fuel prices on the rise, it’s more important than ever to reduce your fleet’s fuel consumption. But what will reduce fuel consumption long-term? The easiest way to reduce your fuel costs is to keep detailed records of your fleet’s mileage. With this data, you can make informed decisions about the routes your vehicles take, maintenance schedules and more.
However, there are still many businesses using outdated paper mileage logs. If you’re serious about reducing your fuel costs, it’s time to invest in fleet tracking software that can assist with mileage tracking. A fleet tracking software can help reduce your yearly truck mileage consumption without making extra work for you.
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Why is reducing mileage so important?
There are a number of benefits to reducing your fleet’s mileage. For starters, fuel is the second biggest cost for fleets. By reducing your truck mileage, you’ll lower your fuel costs, the running costs of company cars and can direct that money to another aspect of your business.
Not to mention that the more miles your vehicles wrack up, the more often they’ll need maintenance checks. When vehicles are in the shop you lose both business and money. Moreover, the more miles your vehicles are driving, the less likely it is they are taking the optimum routes. This means your vehicles are wasting valuable time on the road rather than assisting clients or completing jobs.
Reducing mileage will also reduce your fleet’s CO2 emissions. With roughly 80% of customers valuing brands for their eco-friendliness, utilising a fleet management system for mileage tracking is a wise investment.
You can keep track of exactly how much fuel you are using with our Fuel Costs Calculator.
How does Fleet Geo reduce mileage and save on fuel?
Vimcar’s Fleet Geo reduces your truck mileage — and subsequent fuel costs — in a number of ways:
- Route history documentation: Fleet Geo lets you examine each vehicle’s route retrospectively. With this information, you can optimise routes and reduce mileage accordingly.
- Live vehicle tracking: You can see the location of all of your vehicles in real time. When a last-minute call comes in, you can quickly reference the map and send the nearest vehicle to complete the job.
- Customisable alerts: Fleet Geo allows you to set two kinds of alerts, called geofences and time fences. Geofence alerts notify you when a vehicle enters or leaves a designated area (like the company parking lot), and time fences notify you when a vehicle is being used during a set time frame (like outside of business hours). These alerts help cut down on unnecessary, unpermitted personal trips and / or vehicle misuse.
A recent study, conducted by Bobit Business Media, found that users of fleet tracking technology experienced an average of 8% drop in fuel cost. With its one-click data export, Fleet Geo can show all the miles driven by a vehicle, broken down by trip. This makes it much easier to review your fleet’s mileage and make better informed decisions.
Ready to reduce your mileage?
Whether you are concerned with saving money or having a greener fleet, reducing fuel consumption by utilising mileage tracking is a win all around. By using a fleet tracking system, you’ll save on fuel costs as well as reduce your CO2 emissions, optimise routes and limit the amount of time vehicles are out of work for maintenance checks.