Fleet Managers and Operators, whether in private, non-profit and government sectors always battle with fuel expense. Likewise federal and state mandates also are now requiring fleet managers to purchase certain types of vehicles that meet alternative fuel, electric and low-emission standards and use less fuel and subsequently lowering carbon emissions.
There are some common sense ways to lower your fuel costs and also make your fleet greener. While this list is not all inclusive, it’s a start that any organization with vehicles can easily make.
Here are 5 tips that fleet operators of all size can apply to become greener and lower fuel usage:
1 ) Going green starts with vehicle selection. This is where there is a great deal of new technology is emerging. Options now include electric, plug in and hybrid electrics, Ethanol flexible fuel vehicles (EFVs) (designed by the original manufacturer to operate on gasoline, E85, or any mixture of the two), CNG (compressed natural gas), diesel and of course gasoline.
These choices provide a wide range of vehicle fuel costs so buying or leasing vehicles with lower operating costs can be achieved with some study.
2) Properly maintain your vehicle fleet. Be sure to maintain on a scheduled basis according to the manufacturer to avoid adding additional cost (up to 15%) to your bottom line fuel bill. Also consider lightening up the vehicles whenever possible to improve mileage.
3) Conduct better trip planning. Often drivers without good navigation or directions waste fuel and increase emissions. Better route planning and use of less fuel may be achieved by use of telematic devices such as GPS tracking devices. EcoFleet supports the use of these devices to help reduce excessive driving, lowering fuel usage and emissions by tracking and minimizing idling and cutting down on unauthorized vehicle usage.
4) Train your drivers in eco-friendly driving techniques. Although more popular in Europe, many US firms now understand the role of the driver in fuel and maintenance costs. Teaching drivers techniques in fuel-saving driving helps keep drivers aware of the relationship between the fuel usage and safety. EcoFleet Training offers courses that help drivers to modify their behavior and lower fuel costs from 10 to 15%.
5) Develop policies that encourage fuel saving results through incentive programs. Rewarding drivers for improved driving behavior reinforces their role in the “team effort” to help offset rising fuel costs, decrease fuel usage and reduce CO2 emissions. It also supports and eco-friendly corporate policy of helping to save costs while also helping to save our planet.
About EcoFleet Training Solutions:
EcoFleet Training is a Northern California based driver training company with a passion toward safe and eco-friendly driving. Our services are designed to help empower drivers to make better decisions regarding risk and the relationship of driving and the environment.
Our services include delivery of on-site defensive driving training, on-road driver assessments, and online programs for drivers of all types of vehicles. We also distribute driving safety programs for in-house employee driving safety programs, GPS units and similar products designed to save lives and help the environment.