The Role of GPS in Fleet Management Tracking

Fleet Management TrackingGPS is a fact of life when it comes to a lot of modern technology. It’s in our cars, our cellphones. We even use it to help find lost pets.

But when it comes to fleet management, there are still some concerns about the role GPS tracking plays. GPS Insight recently looked at some of the biggest fears about GPS for fleets, and argued against them. 

Fear: It will make our employees feel like we’re spying on them, or we don’t trust them.

This is part of what GPS Insight calls “employee pushback”:

“The ‘Big Brother’ theory often gets thrown around in reference to GPS tracking, as well as concerns from employees who think GPS tracking invades their privacy or believe it to be a sign of distrust from management. A lot of fleet managers have close relationships with their drivers and may not feel it is necessary.” Continue reading The Role of GPS in Fleet Management Tracking

The Impact of Driver Behavior on Fuel Efficiency

fleet fuel managementWhen it comes to the cost of running your fleet, there are few factors that matter more than fuel.

Fleets can save on fuel by finding ways to increase fuel efficiency, and one of the ways to make fleets more efficient is to change the way drivers drive.

“The importance of driver behavior is essential,” Dale Jewell, director, North American maintenance operations for EMKAY, told Automotive Fleet magazine last year.

Jewell noting figures from the U.S. Department of Energy which says drivers can save nearly a third of their highway fuel consumption just through less aggressive driving. But that may be easier said than done, especially when working with employees who have been driving for years if not decades. Continue reading The Impact of Driver Behavior on Fuel Efficiency

Is Your Fuel Tank Leaking Profits?

iStock_000001603485_Small.jpgWhen it comes to finding the most cost-effective way to fuel their fleets, many companies choose to put a bulk fuel tank on their property.

With this choice comes challenges, such as paying to insure the tanks, and meeting environmental regulations. But these are obstacles that companies can overcome with careful planning.

Buying and installing a bulk fuel can be costly, but your company can also realize substantial net savings compared to alternative fleet fueling options…assuming your tank doesn’t “leak.” Continue reading Is Your Fuel Tank Leaking Profits?

Find Savings with Fuel Audits

Fleet ManagementWhen you’re in charge of a fleet of trucks, keeping them fueled is only half the job. The other half involves keeping an eye on the fuel program.

Yet it’s the second part of that equation that often gets neglected: Companies choose a good fuel card provider, they negotiate prices with vendors, but then they either don’t audit their programs, or fail to audit them properly.

 Here are a few steps your company can take when it’s time to audit fuel invoices. Continue reading Find Savings with Fuel Audits

How Eco-Driving Impacts Fleet Fuel Economy

eco-drivingThe term “eco driving” refers to a way of driving that’s smarter and more fuel-efficient. And while its ultimate goal is reducing pollution, eco-driving can also help cut down on fuel costs.

How much does it help? In 2013, the Volvo Group issued a report that found that eco-driving improved fuel economy in trucks by 10 to 15 percent.

But how do truck drivers embrace eco-driving? SmartDrive performed a study in 2011 that looked at the impact of eco-driving on truck fleets. After evaluating fuel consumption and driver performance for 695 Class 8 tractor trailers and their drivers, the study found that 80 percent of fuel waste could be avoided through softer driving. Continue reading How Eco-Driving Impacts Fleet Fuel Economy