Fuel tracking is an asset for your fleet management
Fuel tracking is an asset for your fleet management

Fuel tracking is an asset for your fleet management

Fuel is one of the main expenses when managing an automobile fleet. Poor fuel management directly impacts your gross operating margin and affects your profitability. In Africa, fuel can be wasted due to bad vehicle maintenance, driver misconduct, erratic route planning, and most importantly, fuel theft. By equipping your fleet managers with the right tools and methodologies you can easily turn this fuel waste into a profit on your company’s balance sheet. 

Implement a real time monitoring of fuel consumption.

“Just this once won’t hurt”: it is highly probable that some employees fill up their personal jerrycans when filling up the company car.  Indeed, who would not be tempted to satisfy his personal consumption at the expense of his company when we know that there is neither control nor follow-up of the expenses set up. This changes completely when the company gives itself the means to follow precisely fuel consumption and to punish the offenders. Announcing to your teams that you are able to detect abnormal consumption profiles and making the link with the person responsible for the vehicle for the period concerned is strongly dissuasive. Once this methodology is implemented, significant reductions in fuel overall consumption (and thus, expense) can be observed. As your operational teams are already very busy with their daily work, the implementation of a technology such as Fleeti is essential to the success of such a project.

Reinforce drivers’ performance.

Driving behaviors have a real impact on fuel consumption. Did you know that driving at 80 to 85 km/h instead of 70 km/h can increase fuel consumption by 25% and that a single hour of inactivity, with the engine on, consumes 3.5 liters of fuel?

We suggest that you and your drivers focus on six actions that will quickly reduce your fuel consumption and increase your profits:

– Do not keep your foot on the gas pedal.

– Turn off the engine.

– Beware of unnecessary acceleration between red lights.

– Eliminate personal use.

– Don’t use cruise control inappropriately.

– Improve route planning.

On average, the use of a company vehicle costs CFAF 700 per kilometer. Taking the time of reminding  these instructions to the drivers,  carrying out a regular and individualized control of the performance of the drivers as well as improving the daily itineraries allows you to save throughout the year approximately 2,5 M FCFA per vehicle. Withdraw from this net profit the price of a digital follow-up solution, multiply that result by the number of vehicles in your fleet and you have an idea of the gains you will be able to carry out on your whole fleet.

Organize the preventive maintenance of your fleet.

We ain’t telling you anything new, poor management of your fleet maintenance schedules can lead to a sharp rise in fuel consumption : up to 25% of fuel consumption per km travelled per vehicle. But it ain’t all: a lack of maintenance can reduce your company’s profit by causing reactivity issues, or worse, creating problems with authorities. Setting up a software that automates the sending of alerts when it is time to do some maintenance on a vehicle seems compulsory. 

As you can see, a great way to establish processes to turn wasted fuel into profit within your business is to use technology and fleet management platforms to make your life easier. To learn more about how to schedule and track vehicle maintenance, fuel consumption, fuel savings and other fleet operations tasks with Fleeti tools, don’t hesitate, request a free demo!