Be sure to do everything that depends of you to prevent your company finances from misuse, using fuel cards is start to do that.
Your truck have to be in perfect condition to avoid unnecessary fuel cost. You will prolong your truck life if you treat it in a proper way with proper maintenance on a regular schedule, if this is not a case you can burn up 30% more fuel.
Advice: Let the air flow through ventilation, or when you have to turn on air condition do not over cool, try to keep the cab temperature to be comfortable not cold
Keep your truck in perfect condition not just to save fuel and money also for your safety and safety of others around you.
Under-inflated tires burn more fuel because of the rolling resistance, even one underinflated tire can cut 5% of your fuel economy if pressure is below the proper inflation level, keep the truck tires inflated to the correct pressure.
When you have to pull off the road don’t let the vehicle idle more than a 30 second, pumping of CO2 into the atmosphere compared with restarting the engine is much higher idling also consumes half a gallon to one gallon of fuel per hour.
Unnecessary idling wastes fuel and money, take your time but turn off your engine and restart again when you are done.
As I mentioned before, using a GPS tracking system will open a world of possibilities it will allow you to review the data’s and you will be able to control your truck drivers behavior.
Safety regulations and consequences laying on the owner shoulders, this is one reason why owners want to monitor truck drivers behavior and train them to drive more careful and safe. Many companies have different approaches when it comes to this question.
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Beside GPS system there is other programs for monitoring, some of them monitor more than 100 driving maneuvers and alert drivers if there is unsafe handling such as hard braking or any sudden movements with LED display in the cabin.
System records video from inside and in front of the truck that’s why many of the truckers have issue with inside monitoring, most of the long-haul truckers eat, sleep in their cabins and this may be a concern for the privacy.
However this information’s are crucial for driver coaching or training. In this way fleet manager can focus on the riskiest drivers or driving behaviors.
Is it save to fill your truck tank on every gas station? Every driver knows that fuel from two fuel stops can affects your vehicle differently, cheaper fuel at first seems like a good choice but you are risking not proper burning, larger amounts of fuel will be needed to move your truck and after calculations you may end up with spending more.
Reduce consumption more than 5%, use the right fuel with chemical additives that clean the intake valves of the engine, injection nozzles and lubricates the upper piston ring. and this will help you to save more than $500 per month.
Poor engine oil – if you use the wrong motor oil with wrong viscosity grade the engine pistons and other moving parts will move less freely and this will surely affects on the fuel economy, so try to find suitable oil for your vehicle.
Fuel misuse is a big problem in trucker companies especially because this is the main source to keep your company running. Your company is your baby you raise and hope that will become better and bigger, do everything to keep it healthy and make sure is safe. Prevent your company of any theft or misuse, find the system that works best for you and your employees, because when you have the facts you are in better position to act properly.
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