Fuel management

Fuel economy can be achieved by simple and inexpensive means. Keeping the tires properly inflated can have a big impact on fuel consumption. Regular checks should be a company policy. An improperly maintained vehicle could break down on a motorway and cost to the company money and time or even worst cause accidents. Properly maintained vehicles use less fuel and operate more efficiently compared to neglected vehicles. Both business and gray fleet vehicles could benefit by a proper maintenance program combined with fleet automation software capable of keeping a database of vehicle maintenance times and sending notifications.

Telematics innovation, which is presently progressively utilized by organizations of all sizes, gives fleet supervisors constant data about the area, developments, status and conduct of vehicles with the use of GPS systems. Telematics is a solid approach to reduce fuel consumption and gives fleet supervisors the knowledge that is fundamental for them to deal with the most productive fleet of vehicles,' according to John Cameron, general chief of Trimble Field Service Management. 'Only this sort of comprehension can give administrators the capacity to make really educated business investments: Companies regularly pay out around a quarter more in fuel and mileage costs than they have to, and telematics can offer top to bottom analysis to verify organizations don't pay excessively for fuel recompenses.


Reducing fuel cost

In addition giving a significant knowledge into the effectiveness of a fleet operation, telematics can contribute in teaching drivers on the impact of their poor driving behaviour. 'Telematics frameworks like TMS2 Tracking can combine safety and fuel efficiency. Once the ranking system is accustomed by drivers, it becomes a valuable tool in improving fuel consumption. Using the available data assembled, fleet administrators are very much prepared to teach business drivers on considering better driving habits as smoother braking and acceleration.

Professional driver training, can further improve the most efficient driving style for drivers who have been distinguished as careless or non efficient behind the wheel. Being smooth, it's the 'secret' of eco driving.'Keeping a steady speed through a wide range of traffic conditions looking ahead, expecting what's going to happen and correspond making small adjustments in time. Most of the drivers do the opposite; concentrate on different things, never look the traffic beyond the car ahead and correspond when it does. Smooth, controlled driving saves fuel. Focused training can benefit drivers in terms of efficiency, awareness and safety.

For companies that give great emphasis in reducing fuel consumption and have the capacity to make a bold initial investment, hybrid and electric vehicles offer an attractive alternative. In order to completely charge an electric vehicle the cost ranges to £2-£3 and will give an approximate scope of 100 miles. For the same amount of miles using diesel or petrol vehicle will cost around £13-£19 in fuel. The fuel cost will be much lower for drivers with access to an overnight low-rate power tariff. Electric vehicle owners can now apply to fund from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles to install a vehicle home charger.

Fleet owners and drivers should not be complacent even when fuel costs continue to fall. Most of the time professional drivers need to reimburse fuel use for private trips, which will urge them to fill up at the least expensive retailers, for example, market stations. This advantages the driver as they clearly have less to reimburse, and additionally the business as they benefit from the least expensive fuel. Utilizing fuel cards, which are mostly found at super markets, it additionally gives fleet supervisors more solid information about fuel expenses over their fleet.

Tens of thousands of vehicles in UK are misfuelled each year. Modern diesel vehicles are less noisy and similar to petrol motors; therefore it is harder to easily recognize them. Misfuelling may cause costly repair bills and vehicle downtime. Educating the drivers and installing misfuelling caps are low cost but highly effective approaches to greatly reduce the possibility of misfuelling.


Fuel Saving & Driver Behaviour

A more effective route to fuel saving.

The majority of factors affecting mpg are outside of the control of fleet operators - traffic, weather conditions, load etc and essentially very few factors can be directly acted upon to improve mpg. It is important to remember that mpg is the result of numerous factors and not an item that can be addressed directly, accurate mpg figures only have value is monitoring how performance improves or deteriorates over time.

The single most effective way to improve fuel consumption is to address driving behaviour by providing a combination of direct in-cab feedback, performance ranking tables, and effective driver debrief sessions. A realistic saving of between 10% and 14% are easily achievable.

TMS2 take a radically different and operationally far more robust approach to help you reduce fuel usage by providing reliable honest data on MPG improvement based on GPS mileage (2% accuracy versus 5 to 10% accuracy provided by the vehicle) and 'TMS2 Cleansed' fuel card data which also helps identify fuel fraud. This method avoids entirely the need to use expensive CANbus and its unavoidable problems of programming (creates errors) and the problems of interchangeability between vehicles.

We combine our unmatched mpg accuracy with the industry's leading driver performance reports enabling you to instantly identify and address directly the specific issues you an address to improve fuel usage.

The TMS2 system has been demonstrated to have a measurable and significant positive effect on reducing at-fault accidents.