By Mike Buck, MCB Fleet Management Consulting
Keep Tires Properly Inflated
Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.
Ok, everyone who worries about diesel fuel prices and gas pricing increases in taxes coming from a person in fuel management, please wait a second before being upset. Before this article goes any further, politics don’t sway my view on higher taxes, which will increase diesel fuel prices and gas prices but common sense might.
Once a year we pause in our busy lives to take notice of and show our appreciation for the everyday heroes who move our freight, the 3.4 million professional truck drivers who deliver the goods. Everyone knows how important trucks are to our daily lives and to our nation’s economy. If you carry it or push it, live in it, lay on it, or look at it on your wall; if you throw it or catch it or feed it to your dog; if it mows your grass, entertains your family, tells you stories or mops your floor — a truck brought it.
Nearly 42.2 million travelers are expected to hit the roads or take airplanes during the Thanksgiving holiday. According to AAA, that’s an increase of 11.4 percent over last year.
A carefully laid plan will bring success to just about anything you do. With diesel fuel costs as high and unstable as they have been it’s crucial that you have a fleet fueling plan. There are several “wins” in a comprehensive policy like lower diesel fuel prices. Of course the overall goal is to lower the total cost of fleet fueling. For everyone, putting together a program will take a lot of time and planning. Some fleet companies don’t have people with this kind of time or experience when it comes to fuel management systems.
Is it costing you more in diesel fuel prices?
Is your fuel management ready with U.S. diesel fuel prices averaging just below $3.11 per gallon over the last week – up over a dine per gallon in the last month and some 35 cents per gallon higher than the same time last year, according to the Energy Information Admin. (EIA), truck fleet companies should keep a close watch on pump prices as winter weather starts to close in on diesel fuel prices.
E15 ethanol mandates would bring huge benefits – for the few, at the expense of the many. This fleet fueling never stays the same and fuel savings never seem to stay still.
The federal government announced the first national emissions and fuel economy standards for heavy vehicles on October 25th to increase energy efficiency and reduce atmospheric pollution. The mileage proposal, which is scheduled to become final next year after a period of public comment, will apply to tractor-trailers, buses, delivery vans, heavy pickup trucks, cement mixers and many other classes of vehicles. Almost all vehicles that are affected by diesel fuel prices. It will cover new vehicles manufactured between 2014 and 2018.