Identifying areas of fuel inefficiency in a fleet is important for two reasons. Firstly, identifying where the inefficiencies are affecting your fleet’s efficiency and secondly, how to fix them once they have been identified. First and foremost, it is important to identify areas of fuel inefficiency in your fleet because once you identify these areas, you can work with the drivers and suppliers to reduce costs, improve customer service and even track and improve fuel economy as a whole.
Identifying inefficiency means considering every aspect of the vehicle – its parts, the fuel used, the vehicle’s efficiency and the routes. These aspects can all impact on how well the vehicle runs and how much fuel it will consume. The quality of the fuel and the amount used will also affect the fuel efficiency. And then there are the changes that need to be made in how you maintain the vehicles. All of these factors will have an effect on fuel consumption, so it is important to take these into consideration.
Once you have identified areas of fuel inefficiency, the next step is to work with the driver to see how making changes might improve the situation. If it is only a small issue, then you may just have to make some minor changes, such as signing up to BP Fuel Cards. Visit Fuel Card Services for more details.
Perhaps switching the type of fuel used in the vehicle to something more efficient might be required. If, however, the inefficiency is much greater, then you are faced with complex decisions. One option is to have the fuel analyser carry out a series of tests on the vehicle and a report detailing the areas where the fuel efficiency has been reduced.