Significant savings in fuel costs are available when you stay on top of your drivers’ speed. Slower drivers are more profitable for your business, so be sure to take advantage of the speed alert and speed monitoring features of your Tracking System.
Now that we’ve confirmed that excessive speeding can dramatically reduce fuel economy, here is a breakdown of how:
Your vehicle’s gas mileage decreases once it gets past its optimal speed.
For most vehicles, this is around 55 mph. This means that every time you go over this speed, you’re essentially wasting fuel and money. You’d be surprised to learn that a slight decrease in your highway driving speed could significantly reduce your fuel consumption, while only adding a few minutes to the travel time.
According to studies backed by the DOE, the average vehicle will be at its advertised peak efficiency MPG at 55 mph. As the speed increases, you lose up to 28% of efficiency. Traveling at highway speeds could be costly.
– 3% less efficient at 60 mph
– 8% less efficient at 65 mph
– 17% less efficient at 70 mph
– 23% less efficient at 75 mph
– 28% less efficient at 80 mph
Be sure to coach your drivers on how much their speed affects their fuel efficiency!
Tracking System’s Speed Alerts Can Help.
Your GPS system has two types of speed alerts.
One is a top-end threshold alert. If you set the threshold at 70 mph and a driver goes over that speed, the alert will notify you that they exceeded that speed. Or, if you prefer, you can set it up to get a daily report of all violations.
The other alert is posted speed alert. Set this alert to be triggered if a driver exceeds 12 mph over ANY posted speed limit on any road. Alerts can be sent to your email or phone, but you may want to simply have a daily or weekly report sent to you showing you all violations.
Tracking Systems Tip:
Help your drivers to slow down by providing incentives or gift cards to those with the least violations. Then watch your fuel bill plummet!
If you need any more help or information, please don’t hesitate to call 845-738-2200!hello