Efficient Driving Through Monitoring Idling
Currently in the automobile sector, the most important selling point manufacturers focus on is improvements in fuel efficiency. Why would they do this? Because businesses and individuals alike recognise that the operating cost of a vehicle now comprises mostly of fuel costs, along with periodic maintenance costs.
It pays to keep both of these factors down. Good fuel efficiency can be obtained by improving driving habits, much of which is concerned with idling and speeding habits.
Fuel economy matters acutely for a business with a fleet of vehicles. Monitoring the driving habits of your fleet with advanced GPS monitoring software Ezy2c can reveal startling information on how your drivers’ poor driving habits are costing you money, and how you can address it. In fact, it has been measured that the use of GPS vehicle tracking can reduce fuel costs by an average of 13%, and potentially much more.
Drivers generally warm up their vehicles by idling before setting off. But modern petrol vehicles do not need warming up. Idling simply wastes precious petrol. The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it. Gentle acceleration while setting off is important; the engine warms itself up during the course of the drive.
Idling can use about 1 to 2 litres of petrol per hour depending on vehicle. This is comparable to 25 minutes of driving. It is advised to turn off the engine if a halt in the middle of the journey will last more than a minute. Contrary to popular belief, it only takes a few seconds worth of petrol to restart the vehicle.
Ezy2c’s simple to use vehicle monitoring system allows you to quickly see when your drivers are idling, and for how long. At the end of the week or month, you can easily create a report telling you which of your drivers are idling to excess, and use this information to rectify the situation in your workforce.
Another way in which Ezy2c can offer you efficiencies in your fleet is through the monitoring of excessive speeding. Aggressive driving like rapid acceleration, speeding and unnecessary braking do nothing but waste substantial amounts of fuel, and also reduce engine life. It has been found that aggressive driving can lower fuel efficiency by around 33% on the highway, and 25% in the city.
Different vehicles have different optimal speeds for highest fuel efficiency. In general, speeds between 60-80 km/h are found to be most fuel efficient. Each 10 km/h over this sweet spot burns away extra fuel, diminishing the fuel economy. At 110 km/h, the vehicle will use 25% more fuel than the amount it will use at 80 km/h.
Ezy2c’s GPS tracking system offers you detailed and accurate information on the speed of all of your vehicles. You can use this information to see which of your drivers needs to watch his or her speed, giving you an easy way to get substantial cost savings.
Good Driving Habits
Driving in the right gear and driving smoothly are very important. It is better to let the vehicle slow down by taking the foot off the accelerator, followed by shifting to a lower gear rather than just applying the brakes for the same effect, unless otherwise necessary. A moving vehicle does not require much fuel to keep moving compared to taking off and accelerating. Maintaining constant speed is good for fuel economy. With Ezy2c’s dashboard, you have a simple but powerful summary of where your vehicles are at all times, and how they are being driven.
Monitoring Driving Habits
For a business with a fleet of vehicles, fuel costs are important. Better fuel efficiency results in higher profit margins over time. With Ezy2c’s precision tools monitoring your drivers’ habits, particularly regarding speeding and idling, it is now simple to optimise your fleet and get the best return on your investment. Couple this with the improved routing and dispatching you can get through the use of Ezy2c, and it offers a strong return on investment.