Fuel bills in Australia are still rising, leaving less money in truckies’ pockets at the end of the day, answer: save money on your fuel bill.
Truck drivers have called out the federal government’s fuel excise, describing it as unsustainable and a threat to the viability of trucking businesses and the economy. If you’re in the industry, the situation may have you wringing your hands at the fuel bowser.
Luckily, there are ways to reduce fuel usage and take fuel costs into your own hands. By considering your driving habits and improving fuel inefficiencies, you can weather this fuel storm and reduce your fuel bills for years to come. Here’s how optimising a few key areas of your business can save money on your fuel bill.
Plan your routes
The easiest way to reduce your fuel costs? Drive less and more efficiently. Though it seems like a no-brainer, it can be easy to forget that extra kilometres can have a big impact on your fuel use. You may think it won’t affect your fuel consumption much, but unnecessary travel can add up when you’re driving long distances.
Reducing your km’s can result in huge savings, and it can be as simple as carefully planning your routes. However, for ultimate efficiency, AI-powered telematics technology with GPS tracking is the way to go. The telematics platform optimises route planning to shave off unnecessary kilometres from trips, it allows you to review each stop and plan every turn on your route to reduce detours and avoid poor road conditions. It also gives you data on habits like excessive idle time at a customer yard due to lengthy waiting times; you can use that information to plan the best time to arrive at the drop-off point and take the roads with the least traffic at that time.
The pre-prepared journey is then available in real-time to select on your in-vehicle device, giving you turn-by-turn directions. If you’ve deviated from your set path, you’re notified and immediately directed back to the defined route via the safest roads. Over time, you can use the information collected from the platform to identify consistent problems and overcome route inefficiencies for good.
Weathering the soaring cost of fuel requires big picture thinking, because saving money on your fuel bill is about more than just the price at the bowser; it’s about controlling what you can: your kilometres, your vehicle, and your driving habits. Adopting integrated fleet management solutions makes tackling the root causes of fuel inefficiency, and reducing your fuel bill, an easy task. At the end of the day, you’re the one behind the wheel, and with smart systems in place, you’ll have the power to turn efficiency into savings and put a permanent dent in your fuel bills.