Got money to burn? We didn’t think so. But if your field services business vehicles are burning through fuel, you’re burning through budget dollars that could be better spent elsewhere. Fleet telematics tools connect you with the data you need to keep fuel costs down—and your budget where you need it to be.
Thanks to remote diagnostics and wireless GPS tracking, today’s fleet telematics tools keep you in-the-know and in-control of your fuel spending. Here’s how:
- Monitoring Driving Behavior
Fleet telematics tools enable to you track fuel-guzzling, budget-zapping behavior in real-time, such as:
- Idling – According to Environmental Defense Fund, an idling car uses between 1/5 to 7/10 of a gallon of fuel every hour, and an idling diesel truck burns approximately one gallon of fuel an hour.
- Speeding – The S. Department of Energy reports that aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and breaking) can lower your gas mileage by roughly 15% to 30% at highway speeds and 10% to 40% in stop-and-go traffic. Plus, speeding impacts a vehicle’s following distance and likelihood of hard breaking, another fuel-zapping behavior.
It’s important to know what your drivers are doing on the road so you can help them make better choices. “Prior to investing in a telematics technology, we had no visibility into the driving patterns of our vehicles,” explains Trip Sutherlin of Fire & Safety Commodities, “and we didn’t know what speed the vehicles were going at any given second.”
What’s more, Sutherlin “saw one of our vehicles idling for more than an hour. And when I have noticed similar idling, I have been able to have a meaningful conversation with the drivers and educate them.” With telematics in their back pocket, they have more control over this aspect of fleet management.
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- Keeping Your Vehicles In Tune
No, we’re not talking about the car radio. We’re talking about maintaining your vehicles’ health for optimal fuel performance. When you have a fleet telematics device plugged into your dashboard’s OBD II portal, you’ll receive notifications when a diagnostics issue needs to be addressed. This helps you keep up with general maintenance by fixing problems before they get bigger. But you can also set custom reminders for when it’s time to go in for a regularly scheduled tune-up—for your oil change, tire pressure check, that kind of servicing. Get some Preventive Maintenance Tips For Your Vehicle And Equipment.
- Routing and Dispatching for Less Needless Driving
You probably don’t want your technicians going back and forth and to and fro all day, crisscrossing with one another, stopping and going at rush-hour…all the things that keep your cars burning more fuel than necessary. Fleet telematics tools help you track your drivers’ trips (in real time and for anytime review) so you can find more efficient routes and design more time-and-fuel saving servicing schedules.
Brett Yates of Yates Company says, “When a customer needs us, we look at the Live Map in Automile and dispatch the closest vehicle to the job site.” He adds that Automile helps their installers coordinate with each other to avoid unnecessary trips: “In case they need parts that they don’t have on hand to finish a project, they can see who is closest to a parts house and save them time instead of having to drive back and forth.”
How much can you save? According to Chuck Lamb of hth companies inc., “Since we started using Automile, we are estimating our annual fuel cost savings to be about $7,000- $10,000.”
So before your next fill up, plug in a vehicle telematics device. Try Automile for free!
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