Can your fleet hit its targets for fuel consumption?

One of the most important aspects of successfully running a fleet is keeping a close eye on car fuel consumption. If you know how much petrol your cars use each day, you can use that information to draw up a responsible budget and make long-term plans for the stability of your business. Gathering this data is a crucial step.

When you measure your fleet's consumption habits, what are you hoping to find out?

It's also wise to enter this process with goals in mind. When you measure your fleet's consumption habits, what are you hoping to find out? Having reasonable targets to aim for is a great way to anchor your strategy and tell you when adjustments need to be made.

What's a reasonable target?

Every company has its own expectations and goals when it comes to car fuel consumption, but there are some nationwide standards that can help fleet managers to benchmark their plans. According to the Parliament of Australia, vehicles nationwide should aspire to keep their fuel economy around a respectable level of 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres driven. In addition, CO2 emissions should be around 222 grams per kilometre.

Your fleet's numbers may vary. There will be many variables to account for, including the cargo in tow and the differences between urban and rural driving. Nevertheless, these numbers can help fleet managers to set reasonable rough estimates.

How you can do better

If your fleet is content just to hit the national average when it comes to your carbon footprint, that's fine. You can probably do better with a little effort, however. Careful fleet maintenance can make all the difference. If you perform simple tasks like oil changes, air filter replacements and tyre changes in a timely fashion, your numbers will show the impact.

Keeping vehicles lean and mean is important.Keeping vehicles lean and mean is important.

In addition, the weight of a given car has a profound impact on its output. Obviously, every driver has cargo they need to carry from point A to point B, but any efforts to eliminate unnecessary weight and keep cars lean are appreciated.

Get your data in real time

Every fleet manager needs to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emission, and most are aware that investing in software for fleet management is the best way to do so. If and when you take this step, it's important to choose a tool that can provide relevant data in real time and keep it available 24/7.

Smartfleet offers precisely this type of solution. To find success in fleet management, you want one complete platform from one reliable provider. That's what we have, and it's who we are.