With the cost of fuel products climbing again, who wouldn’t want to get the most out of every drop? Certainly anyone who operates or manages fuel supplies understands painfully well the economic impacts of fuel costs. For most operations, instituting an automated fuel management systemopens the door to numerous opportunities to improve fuel efficiency.
Even seemingly small reductions, multiplied over the number of vehicles in your fleet, can increase exponentially over time, resulting in significant savings. With a fuel management system, the economies of scale are definitely in your favor.
How can a fuel management system help you achieve better mileage?
A well-maintained vehicle will always perform more efficiently than one that’s in need of a tune-up or other service. Consistent and accurate odometer and chronometer readings ensure your carefully-planned regular maintenance stays on schedule. Equally important, a fuel management system can alert you to engine trouble codes to help avert impending — and potentially expensive — problems.
Monitoring details of vehicle usage and driver behavior can pinpoint opportunities to improve training or alter specific practices. A fuel management system enables you to monitor each vehicle’s performance and provides a composite picture of overall fleet health. You can monitor each driver’s performance as it relates to fuel efficiency, too.
When you have the information you need to thoroughly analyze your current status, you’ll know if you’re wasting fuel through power take-offs or unnecessarily long idle times. You’ll even be able to trim up daily route planning to minimize travel time and, therefore, fuel consumption.
With a fuel management system in place, you can be confident the right fuel is always dispensed into the right vehicle, eliminating waste. You can improve record-keeping to eliminate human error, increase accuracy and timeliness — avoiding accounting problems such as misallocation. After all, if your data is inaccurate, how can you know for certain if you’re using fuel efficiently or not?
The ability to fully control fuel assets contributes substantially to fuel efficiency. A fuel management system provides improved overall tracking that eliminates related “inefficiencies” such as spillage or theft, so you know every drop of fuel is correctly accounted for and working hard for you.
Ultimately, increasing fuel efficiency is just one of the practical advantages you can enjoy by implementing a fuel management system.
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