Businesses that operate their own fleet of vehicles are always looking for smart ways to reduce their costs. One effective way to do this is to invest in a fleet management solution. Fleet management solutions allow Fleet Managers gain new insights into their operations and easily identify actionable steps to reduce their costs. Fuel costs may easily be decreased using a variety of metrics and alerts provided by the FMS, including improving driver behavior and improving vehicle routing.
Independent business owner Tommy Clarke decided that his business, Tommy Rooter Plumbing, was in need of better tracking and efficiency for their fleet, which supports the Los Angeles–adjacent Coachella Valley, spanning approximately 303 square miles, including the cities of Indio, Cathedral City, and Palm Springs. In all, Tommy credits FleetLocate with dropping his fuel bill by $1,500 since implementation.
Driver behaviors that commonly waste fuel are excessive idling, speeding, and harsh braking. When a fleet manager can monitor these behaviors in real-time or receive reports, it is easy to take corrective action and coach drivers in the fleet. Not only will gas mileage improve, but safety will improve as well.
Inefficient routes take their toll on fuel costs. Fleet regularly modify routes to address customer concerns or respond to new calls. Fleet management systems can help dispatch vehicles more effectively by viewing vehicle locations in real time to dispatch the nearest vehicle, reducing unnecessary drive time. Fleet managers not only save on fuel costs, but also improve response time to customers, and time spent by fleet drivers.
In fact, in a recent survey, 100% of surveyed FleetLocate customers’ fuel expenses were reduced by 10% or more after implementing FleetLocate.
“The drop in fuel cost, is big,” Clarke continued. “The system has paid for itself many, many, many times over.”