Your field employees are the face of your company, but the miles they drive to meet customers at their homes or offices add up. Taking steps to improve fuel efficiency in your company vehicles can save you on gasoline costs and help your company go green in at least one operational aspect.
Evaluate Gas Consumption
Start by figuring out exactly how much home and office visits cost you in gas each month. Collect receipts from all mobile employees every time they fill the tank of a company vehicle. You can make it easier on your employees by using digital receipt organization methods like mobile apps that scan and store receipts. Some even help track travel expenses of employees who spend time on the road.
Use these receipts to get a baseline for your corporate gas consumption. You can also identify specific vehicles or drivers who tend to use more gas than others. Focus on improving the fuel economy of your fleet once you have that baseline.
Focus on the Vehicles
Replacing old or inefficient company cars with updated, efficient models can help you consume less gas, but completing upgrading a fleet of vehicles isn’t always possible for a small business. If you can’t switch to smaller vehicles, hybrids, or other fuel-efficient options, focus on improving your current vehicles.
Regular maintenance improves fuel efficiency. Take vehicles in for service and oil changes on a regularly scheduled basis. Have mobile employees check the tire pressure of their vehicles regularly because properly inflated tires help with fuel efficiency. Proper tire alignment is another way to keep your vehicles running as efficiently as possible.
Train Your Drivers
Driving habits affect a vehicle’s gas efficiency more than you may realize. Idling, speeding, and aggressive starts and stops suck up more gas than slower, stable driving. Set driving expectations for anyone who drives company vehicles. Telematics and GPS tracking systems can monitor driving habits to help you identify drivers who aren’t driving efficiently. If certain employees always seem to use more gas than others, follow up with the driving habits of those employees. You can also reward the employee who has the best fuel efficiency each month.
Plan Efficient Routes
Efficient routes cut down on the amount of driving your mobile employees do, which cuts down on gas consumption. Instead of sending an employee back and forth all over town, plan a route that minimizes backtracking or unnecessary extra mileage. Not only do your drivers use less gas, but they can get more done during the day when they spend less time driving.
Another route efficiency aspect is avoiding rush hours. Sitting in traffic forces the vehicles to idle, which eats up gas. The overall drive time also increases, so you’re using more gas overall. It’s not always possible to avoid busy times, but getting your staff on the road at slower times can help.
Find Cheaper Gas Options
If you already optimize the performance of your vehicles, cut fuel costs more by finding cheaper gas options. Corporate gas cards offer savings on your fueling needs. You can also have employees fuel up at gas stations with discounted prices. If you have a corporate Sam’s Club or Costco membership for your business, take advantage of the cheaper gas prices at those stores. Track gas prices in your area to determine if certain gas stations always have lower gas prices even without a membership. Some gas stations may have loyalty programs that offer discounts on gas the more you use those locations. It seems like a small action, but improving the fuel economy of company cars can save your company money. Start those changes now to get the most out of the efforts.