You’re likely feeling the pressure to reduce your carbon footprint and adopt “green” business practices. But you may think it’s too much for your company to tackle and not worth the effort. The fact is, having a green fleet helps the earth and your business.
And with fleet tracking, you can easily put greener practices into place and improve your bottom line – all while helping save the planet. Consider this example of how one of our customers was able to do just that:
We make this possible by giving you insight into and control over how your vehicles are dispatched, driven, and maintained. With the tools FleetMatics provides, you can easily make your fleet green and reduce your carbon footprint by:
Optimizing routing and dispatching for more efficient fuel consumption
Ensuring your vehicles are operating efficiently through fleet maintenance reports and alerts
Hindering speeding and other fuel wasting behaviors
Reducing miles driven by sending the closest vehicle to customers
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Going Green with Fuel Consumption
At the very heart of most GPS vehicle tracking systems is a mapping method to provide the driver, or the dispatcher, with the most direct route from point A to point B. The shorter the route and the less time it takes to travel that distance will improve performance and save companies money in fuel costs. Every extra mile traveled costs a company more money, so reducing mileage can reduce costs as well as greenhouse gas pollution. A decrease in mileage translates to significant carbon reductions, plus thousands of dollars in cost savings per vehicle. GPS fleet tracking systems enable you to minimize distances traveled using route optimization based on time, distance, and live traffic resulting in a more green fleet.
The use of fuel cards can also provide cost savings and invaluable reports which in turn can be used to curb unnecessary costs and monitor vehicle performance. The best GPS tracking systems fully integrate your fuel cards with their software. With powerful reporting tools and real-time data, you will have total visibility of your fuel spend. You will get precise fueling information for your overall fleet, as well as individual fuel usage of specific vehicles. This allows you to easily pinpoint any fuel wasting practices, or outright fuel theft.
Reliable fuel transaction information allows you to track accurate MPGs, pinpoint the direct cause of high fuel consumption, eliminate fuel leakage, enforce fuel-saving driving habits, ensure your vehicles run efficiently and ultimately reduce your overall fuel costs. Much of the new fuel-card technology is integrated with mobile communications systems to help maintain a sustainable fleet. For example, GPS programs providing real-time vehicle location are able to locate the nearest low-cost fuel station.
Going Green with Maintenance Reports
GPS tracking allows you to remotely monitor such things as motor oil life, engine fault codes and emissions control system status. Recent studies have proven that better oil-life monitoring could save over 100 million gallons of oil over five years. By keeping track of services such a tire inflation and oil changes with GPS tracking Service Alerts, fuel usage decrease immensely. The Department of Transportation estimates that 5 million gallons of fuel per day are wasted due to low tire pressure, and the EPA states that a poorly tuned engine can use up to 50% more fuel and produces 50% more emissions than one that is running properly. These are hard facts to ignore when you’re trying to maintain a green fleet of service vehicles.
Interested in learning more about sustainable fleet management? Read our article: "Going Green with GPS Fleet Tracking"
“We have benefited significantly with the Fleetmatics fleet tracking system. We are on course to saving over $10,000 on fuel costs alone in the first year.”
- Rick Adobato, Operations Director, Fayette Emergency Medical Services, Inc.