5 Tips to Cut Fuel Costs in Heavy Duty Vehicles

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Reduce Fuel Costs in Heavy Duty Vehicles

fuel costsThe budget for fueling heavy duty vehicles accounts for more than one-third of the operating costs of fleets. There are many factors that can significantly impact fuel costs such as the fuel economy, fuel theft, selection of vehicle, driver routes, and even a driver’s behaviors behind the wheel. If you have noticed a spike in spending on fuel in your most recent audit report, you may want to take a look at what’s causing it.

Follow these simple tips to reduce fuel costs in your heavy-duty vehicle:

  1. Driving Speeds 

    Drivers who are aggressive behind the wheel and tend to speed, accelerate quickly, and make abrupt stops could be using up more fuel than necessary. Let your employees know that the smoother they drive, the better it is for the fuel budget. There is also the method of telematics, which can monitor a vehicle’s speed. If the driver is going above speed limits, it will alert them. The management system will let drivers know to slow down for safety, but also reduce fuel consumption.

  2. Use the Best Vehicle for the Job 

    If the load your employee is delivering is way smaller than the truck size, choose to send them out in a smaller vehicle. Be considerate of vehicles that would fit best for certain jobs. The size and weight of vehicles can largely impact fuel consumption. Use fuel efficient vehicles when necessary.

  3. Tire Pressure 

    Before every route, make sure the tire pressure in the heavy-duty vehicle being sent out meets the requirements. If your employee is driving on half-filled tires, the vehicle is going to be using extra fuel to make up for the lack of vehicle performance. By properly inflating the tires, you will be improving the fuel usage.

  4. Choosing the best routes 

    Planning ahead is very important. Look for routes that avoid traffic or road closures, are more direct as opposed to stop and go, and have less miles than another route.

  5. Refueling at good prices 

    Even though your driver’s tank is half way full and they know they can complete their route without filling up, remind them to fill up if the prices are low. In the long run, if your driver’s make filling up a habit where gas is lower, this could save your company hundreds a year.

  6. Prevent Fuel Theft 

    Fuel theft can account for 5-6% of your fleet’s overall fuel budget. Be mindful of ways to minimize fuel theft by parking in well-lit areas, educating your drivers, and using gas cap locks and anti-siphon security devices. Check out our article on Preventing Fuel Theft in you Heavy-Duty Vehicle for more tips.

Bullock’s Towing is Your Heavy Duty Towing Company

Contact Bullocks Towing you find yourself broken down on the side of the road from a fuel problem or something more serious.  With experience in heavy duty towinglifting, winching, decking and more, our drivers can get you out of a bind.

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