Fuel costs play a significant role in any fleet’s operating expenses. Drivers and fleet managers should always be aware of the impact that fuel usage and driving practices have on their company’s bottom line. Although the cost of oil fluctuates constantly, there are a few steps that fleet managers and drivers can take to minimize fuel consumption and save money. If you are starting to take a closer look at your fleet’s fuel costs, consider incorporating fuel management and other best practices into your company culture.
Invest in an Effective Fuel Management Program
First and foremost, a robust fuel management program allows fleet managers to make accurate determinations about fuel usage. The fuel management solutions offered by Howard Energy, Inc. give businesses the tools they need to track when drivers dispense fuel, how much they use, and which drivers are filling their tanks. Easy-to-use key fobs make tracking fuel usage fast and simple while also keeping fuel tanks secure.
Discourage Inefficient Driving Habits
Adding a fuel management program to a fleet’s routine is one way to discourage excessive fuel use, but creating a company culture that prioritizes efficient driving habits is another essential step. Unnecessary idling, speeding, aggressive driving, and overloading vehicles are all behaviors that contribute to decreased fuel efficiency. Making unnecessary stops or taking indirect routes can also waste fuel. By encouraging safe and efficient driving habits, fleet managers can reduce waste and trim their fuel budgets.
Use Each Vehicle Wisely
A company’s fleet can contain a wide range of vehicles, from golf carts and UTVs to big rigs and haul trucks. Each machine has its strengths and weaknesses, and using the wrong vehicle for the wrong job can result in significant fuel waste. Always use an appropriate vehicle for each task and follow loading best practices to avoid oversized or uneven loads in company vehicles.
Keep Vehicles Well-Maintained
Fleet maintenance helps businesses protect their investments in vehicles and equipment, but it can also boost fuel efficiency. Ensuring that all tires are appropriately inflated, oxygen sensors are functional, and maintenance concerns are resolved promptly is an excellent way to bolster a fleet’s fuel economy.
Partner with Howard Energy, Inc. for Fuel Supply and Services
At Howard Energy, we fully understand how your business depends on a reliable and steady supply of gasoline and diesel fuel to keep your operations at its peak. As a family-owned, commercial full-service gas and diesel fuel supplier, Howard Energy has been serving companies across Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern VA for over 25 years.
Our team of experts has a thorough knowledge of the petroleum industry to devise commercial and retail fueling solutions. As a result, we use our keen insight to build strong partnerships with commercial trucking, construction, manufacturing companies, and more. Howard Energy is proud to bring our products and services to gas stations, car dealerships, marinas, and beyond.
If you need cost-effective and convenient wholesale fuel and related fuel tank storage or monitoring services, contact us to get started. Call us at 410-647-1500, and visit our website. Stay connected with Howard Energy on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.