Too often, drivers use the vehicle as climate control at lunch time in hot or cold days. Every hour of idle time is equal to approximately 25 mile of driving. That’s a fact that translates into money at the gas station.
An other known factor that increases fuel consumption is speeding. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), after 50 mph, the faster the vehicle, the less efficient the gas mileage. In other words, “each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.25 per gallon for gas.” Not only speed, but driving behavior can increase fuel costs. Exceeding the speed limit, braking often, and accelerating rapidly can reduce fuel efficiency by 5% in the city and 33% on the highway.
BlackBox GPS Fleet Tracking Service to the rescue
Our GPS Fleet Tracking solution allows the fleet manager to pinpoint who is idling or speeding, where and for how long in near real time. With access to historical data, the fleet manager will know whether that’s a recurrent behavior and take immediate action on it.
Combined with our Garmin® PND integration, the dispatched or fleet controller may instruct the driver to turn of the engine by texting him from within the system and geting a confirmation from the Garmin® PND once the message was read (*).
Educating your drivers is an endeavor that not only directly translates into driver safety and savings for your business but also helps the environment be lowering your fleet’s carbon footprint.
Safer driving habits translate into:
- Less chance of an accident or injury
- Less vehicle wear & tear
- Lower maintenance costs
- Improved vehicle lifespan
Vehicle usage tracking translate into:
- More accurate employee time sheets
- Reduced overtime hours
- Lower risk of theft
- Lower labor costs
- Better productivity