Large companies across the world are successful for a variety of reasons. One major area of their successful business plan revolves around the fact that they spend money and time in the pursuit of efficiency.
With the ever rising cost of fuel adversely affecting the bottom line of many a company in today’s marketplace, efficiency in fleet fuel use may well be an area worth exploring. Don’t take my word for it though, look at companies like Walmart, Xerox and UPS – they all have looked at and implemented certain parts of Ecodriving technique with the very thought of fleet fuel savings as their goal.
Ecodriving is the process of changing driver behavior and ensuring that the machinery is running at maximum mechanical efficiency. The result is a joint effort between driver and machine that returns some notable benefits to bottom line and marketing strategy, as well as fleet and employee health.
- With potential fuel savings in the 5% to 10% range, a company that uses one million gallons of fuel annually at $4 per gallon, could stand to save $400,000 a year. Yikes, you could get a new rig for that!
- Reduction in fuel usage means a smaller carbon footprint for your fleet. Aside from being just a good thing to do, your marketing folks will love you.
- Ecodriving also helps reduce the use of consumables such as tires and brakes which helps your fleet stay healthy. And a healthy fleet is a cheaper fleet.
- The safety aspects of Ecodriving keep your employees healthy as well, as it helps reduce the incidence of crashes and even reduces driver stress.
I know, it sounds like I’m trying to sell you a bit of snake oil. There is no way that doing a little maintenance on some trucks and showing your drivers a few new tricks can add up to noticeable savings. Right?
Well, actually, wrong.
Look at it this way. Walmart and UPS already did the research and they found that it does work. They spent a lot of the money for you in a way. All you have to do is look at the data and see if your company can benefit as well. But just think about it, if the process helps them, don’t you think it can help you as well?
- Report shows substantial and sustainable fuel savings as ancillary benefit with Ecodriving initiatives
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