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Fuel Spend

Implementing a Single Strategy to Improve Driver Safety and Lower Fuel Spend

Driver safety and the reduction of fuel consumption are not mutually exclusive goals. There are many similarities between fuel-efficient driving techniques and safe driving techniques. In fact, there’s a direct correlation between safe driving and fuel efficiency. It’s been proven: the safer the driver, the higher the miles per gallon.

Proven Strategies to Reduce Fuel Spend

Fleets are seeing significant savings by focusing on improving the fuel economy of existing vehicles and acquiring newer, more fuel-efficient models.

Forecast of 2011 Operating Costs

Operating costs will trend higher in the 2011 calendar-year, primarily due to an incremental increase in fuel prices, which represent the largest fleet operating expense category. Another factor contributing to upward pressure on operating expenses will be higher maintenance costs, primarily due to extended replacement cycling. Beyond 2011, fleet acquisition costs are anticipated increase to meet higher CAFE requirements.

Anti-Idling Programs: A Quick Way to Reduce Fuel Spend

Reducing unnecessary idling is the simplest and easiest way for a fleet to reduce fuel costs. Besides wasting fuel, excess idling also causes unnecessary emissions, noise pollution, and needless engine wear-and-tear. The amount of unnecessary idling varies by fleet, but some fleets have recorded idling as much as 35 percent of the time.

Best Practices: Reducing Fuel Spend

RISING FUEL PRICES HAVE BROUGHT OUT CREATIVITY IN FLEET MANAGERS WHEN IT COMES TO TACKLING FUEL EXPENDITURES. SEVERAL OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO CUT COSTS, FLEET MANAGERS SHARE THEIR IDEAS.