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Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

Reducing fleet costs is a constant, never-ending struggle for all fleet managers, especially since every aspect of fleet management revolves around money. In lieu of requesting additional budget dollars, one course of action is to stop the waste of existing dollars.It is estimated that, on average, 5-10% of a fleet’s annual budgeted dollars are wasted.

Turning Saved Pennies Into Saved Dollars

It has been said that a fleet manager’s cost-saving focus should be on the two largest expense categories: depreciation and fuel. But once that has been done, where does a fleet manager look for additional cost reductions?

Ramifications of a 67 MPH Top Speed

This cross-country service fleet uses engine calibration technology to control each van’s top speed — improving driver safety and fuel usage.

What Percentage of Your Budgeted Fleet Dollars are Wasted?

How much of a fleet’s annual budgeted dollars are wasted? Is it 5 percent, 10 percent, or even more? In my mind, eliminating waste is the proverbial low-hanging fruit. Before implementing new fleet initiatives requiring new dollars, let’s make our No. 1 priority to stop the waste of existing dollars. Let's examine the fleet-related areas that are rife with waste and discuss the protocols you need to minimize it.

Reduced Idling = Reduced Emissions

Until the advent of telematics devices, idling was not perceived to be a major problem for fleets. But once engine data was captured by fleets on a large-scale basis, it quickly became apparent that idling represented a significant and widespread problem. The amount of unnecessary idling varies by fleet, but some fleets have recorded idling as much as 35 percent of the time. Here's what you can do about it.

Corporate Fleets Aim for “Greener” Operations

Through use of telematics, alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles, idling reduction policies, and other efforts, various corporate fleets have reduced their vehicle emissions, contributing to their companies’ sustainability goals.