How does reducing vehicle idling help you save fuel and increase the life of your fleet?

Managing a fleet may seem daunting when there are overflowing operational expenses. And especially when fuel costs are at the top of the list. But on the other hand, monitoring your driver’s vehicle idling can be a game changer.

Let’s see how

Omar found himself tirelessly juggling between managing his on-field team and fleet. Besides burning holes in his pocket, excessive idling also resulted in faulty vehicle engines. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there, dimming our headlights and leaving our engines idle. Often, we don’t realize that idling for a few minutes wastes fuel that could last an extra mile. On average, about 2 liters of fuel is wasted when the vehicle is idle for an hour.

It’s easy to ignore something as trivial as idling until it snowballs into a concern.

However, fleet utilization is best increased when the vehicles receive proactive maintenance in real-time. Unfortunately, fleet managers often prioritize fleet operations over fleet maintenance (not as imperative as one would assume).

Does Omar’s vehicle idling situation sound familiar to you?

Then, keeping an eye on your fleet’s idle status is the key. FAMS is not just another vehicle tracking system. It is an advanced fleet management system, from tracking your vehicles in real-time and gauging performance to managing your fleet operations better, it is a one-stop shop for all your fleet management challenges. FAMS reporting system offers vehicle idling reports that give an overview of your fleet vehicles, route history, and time schedules, helping you zero in on your drivers’ idling time.

Why is it important to understand the idle status of your fleet?

  • Timely fleet assessment results in lesser oil change
  • Engines idling (running engines for more extended periods) results in more circulation, more burned oil, and more vehicle servicing
  • Proper maintenance/service of the fleet will keep it in pristine condition
  • Increased fleet performance
  • Longer battery life
  • Healthier environment

Tips to avoid vehicle idling

  • Turn off the ignition every time you’re waiting
  • Restarting the engine consumes less fuel compared to idling
  • To warm up the car engine faster, drive up the car instead of idling


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