Fleet managers are constantly trying to find ways to improve their performance. One of the key components of fleet performance analysis is fuel consumption costs, and it can heavily influence efficiency and how much money is saved each year. There are ways that fleet managers can set themselves up for a more successful year. Follow these fuel management strategies to help your fleet.
Changes in Fuel Type
With regard to their fleet, fleet managers have many different fuel types from which to choose. New fuels are going to get introduced over time, and when this happens, it’s a good idea to reevaluate the fleet’s current fuel to make sure the fleet is performing at peak efficiency.
Using Fuel Cards
Fuel-specific cards help track fuel consumption and trends. They also help compare drivers’ industry trends, as well as fuel consumption and geographic averages. These cards can provide fleets with real-time data, and they can even be used for many vehicle types.
On-Site Vs. Off-Site Fueling
Every fleet can choose to fill up on-site entirely, off-site entirely, or go with a mixture of both. The best fueling practice will vary with each fleet, but there are pros and cons to each that can help determine which is better for your fleet.
- On-Site: This method is better for fleets that have vehicles depart in the morning before they fill up and come to base every evening without the need to refill. When fueling on-site, you don’t have to wait in a line for a refill. This helps keep drivers on the road and raises the fleet’s efficiency. Fuel can also be bought more cheaply at wholesale price than per gallon.
- Off-Site: While on-site fleeting has the perk of buying gas more cheaply per gallon, they also spend money on infrastructure development. This expense isn’t best for all fleets, especially for ones that have small budgets. On-site fueling also isn’t recommended for fleets that make their vehicles go past the point that they can come back in the evening for refueling. Off-site fueling makes more sense for fleets that use different types of fuel since buying multiple types of fuel in bulk can be more expensive.
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