Andy Hall, assistant manager for ARI’s fuel & GMS products, identified major factors that affect fleet fuel spend, in a recent article posted by Automotive Fleet, “Top 10 Strategies to Reduce Fuel Spend.”
There are many components to a fleet’s operation that can ultimately have an impact on how much money is being spent on fuel. One place to start looking is the preventative maintenance (PM) category. “Making sure your vehicles are in good running order through regular preventive maintenance can also help to conserve fuel – by quite a bit,” said Hall. “Properly maintained vehicle can improve fuel economy by as much as 40 percent.”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can improve fuel economy by as much as 2 percent simply by using the proper oil. “Make sure to use the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil,” Hall said. “Motor oil that is labeled ‘energy conserving’ contains friction reducing additives that also help improve fuel economy.” He also emphasized the importance of properly aligned wheels. Improper wheel alignment can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 10 percent, according to Investopedia.com. This equates to about 31 cents per gallon.
Having employees committed to a safer driver policy is also key, and can do more than just improve overall fuel costs. “There is a lot your drivers can do to help lower your overall fuel costs. Behaviors that encourage fuel conservation are the same behaviors that promote increased safety and sustainability,” added Hall. “It is a win-win all around.”
You can read the full article here.