By RAM Tracking on 19 Sep 2017
Unnecessary idle time of a vehicle is becoming more apparent to businesses. But what causes unnecessary downtime? There are many reasons why a vehicle will remain idle, when it doesn’t need to be.
Firstly, a driver will always want their cabin to be comfortable. They want it cool in the summer and warm in the winter, which essentially means that between stops and making deliveries, they can often leave the engine running to maintain that comfort within the cabin. Therefore the engine is left running and causes more fuel to be used. The more time a vehicle is spent idle, the more mileage they are consuming theoretically within the engine. It can therefore be ageing the engine prematurely, which of course over time, can make a vehicle far less efficient when it comes to fuel.
A vehicle tracking system can essentially mean that a fleet manager is aware of how many times a vehicle stops, and how many times an engine is shut off. Idle time can then be calculated over the course of a day, which can then determine exactly how and why there is so much, or in some drivers cases so little idle time. This can then help you to identify driver behaviour, which will ultimately save you money on your fuel consumption.
Any company will resonate with the fact that they want deliveries done as quick as possible. After all, time is money. But essentially this can work against you. Speeding not only can cause you unnecessary fines and issues with drivers, but it can also burn more fuel over time. Quicker acceleration in lower gears, and putting your foot down on the pedal means that the fuel consumption per mile significantly reduces. Doing this regularly means that a full tank of fuel will not get you as far as it would have done adhering to the speed limit.
Vehicle trackers enable you to monitor the driver style and actions. Speeding once or every now and again may not hurt your business when it comes to the bottom line, but speeding consistently could. A tracking system will alert any fleet managers if a speed limit is exceeded, enabling you to monitor more closely. Over time, sticking within speed restrictions could mean that you get more out of the vehicle in regards to the mileage covered.
There is no getting away from the fact that starting, stopping and idle time for any engine is using up fuel. So accurate routes and planning can be a major factor when it comes to the fuel consumption of a vehicle. Some fleets of vehicles will do many stops throughout the day, and of course, these can be subject to changing. So accurate route planning to ensure that the least amount of mileage is covered, while still enabling the productivity of the vehicle is an excellent way to reduce the fuel consumption.
Vehicle tracking provides a lot of data that can be used to ensure that accurate planning can take place.
Finally, vehicle tracking systems provide accurate information on all aspects of the vehicle, such as driver style and the mileage covered. These records can work well toward to future as planning can become a huge part of any fleet management.