A large number of companies are in fleet management using GPS software to track engine idling is an even larger number of companies that have still not calculated the savings GPS software provides when tracking idling.
In an economy when every penny counts, this is a huge factor in the fleet management when you consider the true impact idling has on a fleet vehicle. Engine idling increases fuel consumption and engine wear and tear.
Using GPS software to track idling among your fleet vehicles will improve the fleet management bottom line by providing data to improve mileage, Save tons of money on fuel and reduce unnecessary vehicle wear and tear.
Reduce Fuel Consumption
Fleet management companies are turning to GPS software solutions to manage increased fuel consumption caused by idling.
Knowing if an asset is idling while waiting at a stoplight or idling while waiting to drop or pick-up a load, means a difference in saving or spending billions of dollars in fuel expenses annually and provides a more accurate picture of employee driving habits and behaviors.
Depending on your engine size and if you use the air conditioner or not will determine if your vehicle will burn a quarter to a half-gallon of fuel per hour of engine idling.
In an article on “Reducing Vehicle Idling,” FuelEconomy.gov stated that, “idling in the United States uses more than 6 billion gallons of fuel at a cost of more than $20 billion EACH year.” Imagine what this figure is when you factor in fuel consumption in foreign countries.
How much does your fleet management business spend on fuel consumption annually?
What about the impact engine idling has on engine wear?
Effects of Engine Idling on Engine Wear
When an engine is running, the parts are powered to do their various tasks. Gears are moving, fluids are flowing, and sparks are firing.
All of these actions take energy.
If one extra hour of idling is said to be the same as 64,000 miles of engine wear, imagine the effects on a heavy-duty truck that averages four hours of idle time on a regular workday.
Reasons for engine idling may include:
- Stop Light
- Stay Warm/Cool
- Power Electrical Items
The effect of engine idling on engine wear can greatly affect maintenance expenses from bumper to trailer on any fleet vehicle.
Fleetroot provides big data to determine vehicle location, stops, starts, and idling creates real-time insight for fleet managers which helps them instantly improve productivity and begin reducing expenses wasted on the effects of engine idling.