Five ways to improve fuel economy for your fleet

Fleet managers have no control over petrol price hikes and simply have to accept the extra expense. Luckily, there are numerous ways fleet managers can improve fuel economy, even if they can’t control the disruption of fluctuating fuel prices. We list the top five ways to improve fuel economy.

1. Consult data and research to improve fuel economy

With advances in business intelligent software, fleet managers are able to improve fuel economy by receiving reports that quantify fuel losses by litres, percentage and rand value. With this, a fleet manager can pinpoint the causes of fuel inefficiencies and fuel losses, and take action. Reports can assist fleet managers understand what financial implications are involved, and to identify the fleet drivers behind fuel losses.

2. Get a handle on fuel card fraud

Most fuel losses are attributed to fraud committed by fleet drivers. To improve fuel economy, it’s wise to use a revolutionary fuel management system such as Avis Fleet’s Intelligent Fuel Management. It saves its customers millions of Rands in fuel card fraud and up to 14% of a fleet’s fuel consumption annually. The way it works is that fleet operating clients send their fuel usage data to Avis Fleet, which is then consolidated, examined and integrated into a single report. If there is suspected fraud, Avis Fleet alerts its customers in real time, allowing them to investigate the transaction within a few days of it taking place. Previously, customers only received a monthly report pack.

3. Ensure fleet drivers adopt good driving habits for effective fuel management

Better driver behaviour is a sure-fire way to improve fuel economy. Fleet drivers should have rules that include no speeding, idling, cornering or harsh breaking. Automotive Fleet suggests that simply by slowing down, a driver ensures optimum fuel economy: “Wind drag is a key source of reduced fuel mileage, causing an engine to work harder, thereby reducing fuel economy. The faster you push a vehicle, the more air it must push out of the way. Even with all the talk about the aerodynamics of today’s vehicles, some trucks, vans, and SUVs have the aerodynamics of a brick.”

4. Track driver behaviour to close any loopholes

A tracking system, such as Avis Fleet’s Telematics product, monitors driver behaviour via an in-built tracking device. Telematics leads to a reduction of fleet accidents, vehicle maintenance costs and fuel consumption.

5. Take care of your fleet

Basic vehicle maintenance dramatically improves fuel efficiency. A vehicle should have a clean air filter, because if not, it clogs an engine’s air supply, resulting in a higher air-to-fuel ratio. This leads to increased fuel consumption.

Avis Fleet offers an all-inclusive maintenance and repair services package, extending the life cycle of a fleet and keeping fuel costs down. Find out more today.


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