Fuel is a major expense for heavy duty vehicles such as big rigs and busses. Fuel costs account for nearly one-third of the operating costs of fleets. With a number that high, any measure to save costs should be made. This includes preventing fuel theft. Especially since this circumstance is within your control, unlike the fluctuating costs of the global fuel market. Unfortunately, fuel theft issues can take up 5-6% of a fleet’s overall fuel budget. When this happens, products and services are not delivered efficiently, the company loses money, and this could ultimately mean sending less vehicles out on the road.
Fortunately, there are a number simple steps that companies may overlook but can prevent fuel theft it from ever occurring.
Gas cap locks are simple materials you can place around the fuel tank that can not only help to reduce emissions, but prevent thieves from stealing. With Anti-Siphon security devices, you would be able to monitor fuel consumption as accurately as possible.
It may seem like common sense but studies show that when a you park your vehicle in well-lit places, it makes it harder for thieves to steal. by making them think twice about their decision. If you park your heavy-duty vehicles in a lot, invest in getting lights that are bright enough for the entire lot.
Your drivers and employees can help prevent fuel theft. For example, create a database that shows common truck stops where theft is high and let your drivers know. Also, remind them of lighting and to park in a way that obstructs access to the fuel tank if they are leaving the vehicle for long periods of time.
More advanced thieves will watch the activity that goes on in your yard during the day and target the area at night. Keep an eye open for unusual activity and use locks for your parking yards.
By implementing these tips and carrying out regular audits on your vehicles and costs, you can cut down on any fuel theft issues and spend that budget elsewhere. It could also be helpful to invest in a fleet maintenance software if fuel theft is weighing you down.
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 towing, lifting, winching, decking and more, our drivers can get you out of a bind.