One of the most unavoidable, and substantial, expenses for anyone in the trucking business is fuel. When you have a commercial truck and trailer that gets 5 miles on the gallon, you can easily spend thousands of dollars at the pump each month. Fortunately there are several tried and true methods for controlling your fuel costs. By incorporating the following techniques into your trucking fleet, you stand to improve your ROI.
Control Speeds of Drivers
The biggest cause for fuel cost fluctuations comes directly from truck drivers. By speeding, flooring it and revving the engine truckers are costing trucking companies a lot in fuel use. The faster a trucker drives, the more fuel they use. To avoid this common issue trucking fleet owners should install governors into their rigs. Governors limit truck drivers who are apt to speed, while preventing them from driving past a certain mph.
Monitor Trucking Routes with ELDs
Along the same lines as governors are electronic logging devices. ELDs are the next big thing in the trucking industry. Now that the FMCSA has passed the ELD rule, trucking company execs, owner operators and independent truckers have until December 2017, according to Overdrive Magazine, to comply with the new ruling. Electronic logging devices monitor the speed, trucking route and hours of service of truckers. As a trucking owner you will benefit from this monitoring device as a way to track the fuel usage of your truckers by the mile. By going forward and installing ELDs now you will be well ahead of the deadline, while giving yourself a chance to benefit from fuel savings in the meantime.
Regular Truck Maintenance
A commercial truck and trailer requires regular maintenance. In fact, commercial truck drivers must perform some form of maintenance on a daily basis in order to be compliant with the DOT and FMCSA. When truckers are inspected by the DOT the drivers’ maintenance records are examined to ensure they are doing their job.
By maintaining your tractor-trailer’s engine, brakes, tires, and electrical system you ensure that the rig will operate in its prime. A truck that is fine tuned to match its expected performance will be a much better contender for low fuel consumption. Every truck is unique, just as with truck drivers and their driving patterns. Therefore you will need to fine tune your trucks on a regular basis to keep them operating with peak performance power.
Truck drivers and trucking owners must work together to make the most out of commercial truck and trailer efficiency. By working as a team with your drivers, along with the implementation of fuel saving technologies, you stand a greater chance at saving money at the pump.