It takes a lot to manage a fleet of vehicles and there are a lot of costs associated with fleet operations. One of the biggest fleet expenses is on the one thing every vehicle needs to operate: fuel. It’s unavoidable, but have you ever stopped to think just how much is being spent?
Consider this: an average service truck runs about 141,000 miles annually. These vehicles get about 10-12 miles per gallon, and fuel costs around $2.50 per gallon, though this can be higher depending on your location. With these numbers, it means just one vehicle is costing you $23,000 on fuel annually. To put that in perspective, if you have 5 vehicles, you’re spending over 100k on fuel every year. This $23,000 annually is if your vehicles aren’t performing behaviors that increase fuel consumption, which they’re most likely doing.
One of these behaviors is vehicle idling. If the vehicle is idling for just 15 minutes, about a quarter of a gallon of gas that’s wasted. Think of the winter and summer months, where it’s likely drivers will idle the vehicles to blast the heat or AC. Additionally, driving aggressively, like rapid accelerations and harsh braking, can not only be a danger to other drivers but can also lower fuel efficiency. Drivers speeding onto the highway can lead to hard braking and this is not good on the vehicle. Pumping the gas roughly wastes fuel quicker than if the driver gradually increased speed. Lastly, for every 5 mph over 50 mph, you’re wasting an additional $0.19 per gallon. Speeding is not only dangerous, leading to accidents that could get your driver or someone else hurt, but wasteful.