The fuel price increases over the last few months, as well as the unpredictability of future fuel prices, has motorists feeling anxious and panicked about their financial situations.
The fuel price increases have had a devastating effect on the trucking industry in particular, which indirectly affects motorists. This has led to the price of consumer goods soaring.
Trucks form the backbone of society, as many industries have to rely on trucks to transport their stock. When prices drastically increase, both consumers and trucking operators feel the impact as both have to absorb some of the cost, adding pressure to operations. Fleet operators are seeking ways to manage their fuel costs.
In order to adapt to these uncertainties, there are a few ways you can make a difference. When it comes to driver behaviour, you need to be proactive. To do this, you need to understand how your fleet operates so that you can find the best methods to manage your fuel. Drivers are responsible for 30% of fuel consumption, so teaching your fleet drivers fuel-efficient driving techniques and habits will improve fuel efficiency. Planning the route which you will be driving will make the trip as direct as possible and ensures that no fuel is wasted while on the road. Telematics is a great solution to invest in!
If you can avoid idling for longer than 30 seconds, this will also save fuel. Driving slower can improve fuel consumption as it avoids harsh braking and acceleration. Regularly checking tyre pressure should be a part of maintenance. Removing unnecessary items from the vehicle can also lighten the load and therefore further reduce fuel consumption.
There are also many technological devices that can be easily installed into your vehicle to assist in reducing fuel consumption. Taking the above-mentioned precautionary measures will help in reducing fuel costs and will enable your tank to last longer.