Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Reduce Your Fuel Cost

The average price of a gallon in the U. S. is now $4.08, in other areas such as the San Francisco Bay Area, the average price is $4.60 per gallon. What to do to keep your fuel cost from eating into your profits? The option of buying a smaller fleet of vehicles or a fleet of hybrid vehicles may be nice but it is also very unrealistic.

Here are a few tips that can help reduce your fuel cost and won't cost you much.

  1. Drive more efficiently: driving at 65 mph instead of 75 mph will reduce your fuel cost a 13%. The technology is available that will allow you to set up a maximum speed on your company's vehicles so your employees won't be able to drive faster than the set speed.
  2. Maintain your vehicles: change dirty air filters, proper pressure on your tires, these can decrease your fuel cost another 13%
  3. Avoid idling.

Other companies are investing in technology to reduce their fuel cost as well as their carbon print. Interserve, a building management company has saved 15% of its fuel costs by tracking its vehicles with satellites, they have cut the average speed of vehicles, they have been able to plan their routes more efficiently such as on duplicated journeys. Interserve uses Cybit's Fleetstar-Online (a British company) Their system is web based and reports on any given vehicle every 20 seconds. The system will display additional information such as: mileage information, traffic report.

How about reducing the number of Left Turns you make? will that reduce your fuel cost? Just ask UPS. According to UPS, reducing the numbers of left turns also reduces the idle time of the vehicle which in turn lowers fuel consumption. For the full article about UPS here is the link

Implement the changes now... The price of gas will continue to increase.

Good Luck. .