What is the cost to fuel your fleet? PPG times gallons? Many fleet owners only consider fuel cost in this equation.
Toward the end of 2009 the Senate had its last few sessions and decided to focus its energy on Health Care Reform and neglected to address the extension of the Biodiesel tax credit, which expired on January 1st. Failure to extend the credit would not only effect the production of the clean burning fuel but would also lose near 23,000 ‘green’ jobs. Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel. Produced domestically and from renewable sources, biodiesel can be blended with petroleum to create a blended fuel (biodiesel.org). The Biodiesel Tax Credit had previously offered a $1 tax credit per gallon sold. With the IEA predicating that 2010 will be the year to date with the most oil demand all the cleaner fuels out there need that helping hand to get on their feet and grow as an industry. The tax credit would keep creating the incentive for fleets all over to consider blending with biodiesel if not going greener. Fuel management consultants keep a watchful eye on the affairs of oil and biodiesel. Without modifications biodiesel can be blended up to 20% and still keeps that old diesel engine running. Even through cold winters, biodiesel can be blended with diesel that already has its mixture of cold weather additives. While the Senate still debates an almost obvious issue, let Sokolis Group help your fuel management program whether it has biodiesel in its future or not.
Just like anything else in our lives fueling up our vehicles becomes routine. We go to the same gas station, pump the same gas and continue on with our lives without even thinking about it. What if you stopped and thought about the price of fuel or if there are lower priced gas stations in the area you could be fueling up at? Well here at the Sokolis Group we do that for you. One of the many services we provide our fleet fuel clients is to reduce their fuel costs by directing them to the lowest priced station in the areas which they are already traveling. Sokolis Group’s fuel consultant team does extensive research to find the lowest price fleet fuel along the routes our fleet clients take. Sokolis Group also negotiates discounted fuel prices for our fleet fuel clients with the merchants they purchase large quantities of gallons. One of our goals here is to help your fleet company cut fleet fuel cost and increase fleet fuel efficiency, so if you like saving money check out the Sokolis Group at www.sokolisgroup.com and contact us today!
During the third quarter of 2009 405 fleets failed. An astonishing 14,135 tractors were taken off the road. I repeat 14,135 trucks were taken off the road. That’s an improvement from the previous years third quarter. Considering prices for fleet fuel were at an extreme level that isn’t saying much.
In case you don’t fuel up with diesel fuel, let me tell you the surge in the less-refined fuel’s prices have nearly mirrored gasoline’s recent rise. In just the last month, prices have jumped by more than 14%, to average $2.61 per gallon.
Have you heard about DWD? It is Driving While Distracted, talking on phones, texting, heck even fiddling with the radio. According to Nationwide.com the number one source of driver distraction is due to wireless device. This connotation is mostly associated with teen drivers, but that is not always the case. Truck drivers have more opportunities for distraction due to their time on the road, and the equipment in the vehicles. They may have just finished using their fleet fuel card to tank up and didn’t have time for a sit down lunch, so they eat on the road. Distraction. Using a navigation system for directions, or re-routing due to road conditions also causes distractions. With the rise of oil prices and fuel management already on the mind, safety may have taken temporary back seat. Don’t let you driver become a statistic.
When the weather outside is frightful, it’s important that drivers make sure their vehicles are prepared for wintery weather conditions. Snow and ice can turn a normally safe road into a slippery hazard. According to the United States Department of Commerce, “70 percent of the fatalities related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.” Sokolis Group recommends a few vehicle maintenance and safe driving tips to help families stay safer on the road this winter holiday season.