Exclusive: Here’s how to hit the gas but save on fuel and fumes
By: Fleet Management Systems and Technologies (FMS Tech) CEO Bassam Alkassar
There are a few very important reasons why fuel consumption is significant.
The damage fuel can and is doing to our environment is unacceptable, and the amount of money consumers spend fueling their vehicles can be a huge expense.
Imagine if every vehicle on the road today was being monitored for the amount of fuel spent; pollution would be reduced and consumers would save money. For both reasons, limiting fuel consumption is vital, but finding how to do it practically can be difficult.
The first, and possibly most important step in limiting fuel use is the need to closely and accurately monitor the amount of fuel being consumed on a regular basis.
It is nearly impossible to do this manually since the driver is the only one aware of his or her driving habits, and may not even understand the reasons he or she is consuming more fuel than another vehicle. This is why automatized consumption monitoring is the best way to give drivers and fleet a clear picture of the amount of fuel they are using.
There are technologies offered today that can quickly and accurately monitor fuel consumption as well as determine the cause for an increased or decreased amount of fuel being used.
Technology can tap into the fuel meter to report the amount of fuel used per week, day, and even trip, to a centralized location wirelessly.
This gives a manager the full depiction of the level of fuel an entire fleet, or a single vehicle is using with a few simple clicks or a glance at a mobile phone or device.
Find the reason
Secondly, the same technology can identify the reason for the increase or decrease of fuel consumption between vehicles.
For example, a driver who is accelerating harshly, breaking harshly, not maintaining the proper road speeds, or idling excessively, will consume more fuel than someone who isn’t.
Today’s technologies allow us to see which of these actions is occurring and help educate drivers how to be more fuel-efficient.
Analyse and track habits
Monitoring the amount of fuel consumed and driving behavior can be connected to a software that reports the exact reasons a vehicle or group of vehicles are consuming that particular amount of fuel.
This technology, often known as in-vehicle monitoring system (IVMS) or Telematics, is changing the automotive industry, with small vehicles to large fleets benefiting from automated fuel consumption reporting.
Technological advancements allow users to access a cloud-based system and transmits alerts through mobile application for smart devices and online portal for computers and web browsers.
“Once the manager has the data of how much fuel is being consumed, they can make informed decisions about which vehicles are most efficient, which drivers need more training, and which routes are saving the most amount of fuel,” said Alkassar.
“This application of technology in individual vehicles may seem difficult, or expensive to achieve- but there are already many vehicles on the roads today utilizing these tools and seeing even more benefits than they expected. Decreased fuel costs, less downtime of vehicles, and safer roads are just a few of these benefits.”
After the installation of its IVMS devices, FMS Tech clients have recorded an average of 84% reduction of over speeding violations, 79% reduction in vehicle accidents, 73% improved driver moral, 25% improved fleet utilization, 24% reduction of maintenance costs, and 18% reduction in fuel consumption.