75 ways to cut your fleet’s fuel costs

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Updated Dec 10, 2013
Click the photo above or visit ccjdigital.com/fuel-savings-tips for the full list.Click the photo above or visit ccjdigital.com/fuel-savings-tips for the full list.

With the “new norm” cost of diesel at $4 per gallon, fleets should be looking at every possible opportunity to lower fuel consumption. Like no other time in the trucking industry, every drop counts.

A tractor-trailer combo or driver able to improve fuel economy by a mile per gallon gained is huge in savings terms. The difference between 6 and 7 mpg on a power unit operating 120,000 miles annually is nearly $12,000. Multiply that for a fleet with 100 trucks, and the savings come to $1.2 million per year.

Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet or overnight solution when it comes to improving fuel economy. But by paying close attention to a number of small gains, fleets can find incremental ways to lower fuel costs effectively.

Understand that every aspect of a fleet’s organization can impact fuel costs – not just the driver. With that in mind, here are 75 useful tips that fleet managers, company drivers, equipment purchasers and maintenance managers can use to lower fuel costs.

On CCJ‘s Fuel Savings Tips page, you’ll find 75 tips for fleet owners to help their fleet maximize profitability and fuel savings, including tips for fleet managers, tips for drivers, tips for maintenance managers and tips for equipment purchases. Click here to see them.