How to save fuel using Connect

Updated 2 years ago by Olivier

Reducing fuel consumption is one of the first ways our customers start to realise the value that Connect provides. There can be many different reasons for excessive fuel usage, including the mix of your fleet, the types of journeys you need to make or the time of year. We've found that a few simple improvements in the way your drivers use your vehicles can make a significant difference in the amount you spend on fuel or your green house gas emissions. This article walks you through how you can use Connect to understand your current fuel consumption and identify areas of improvement.

Understand your fuel consumption

The first step is to build a report that shows fuel consumption by either driver or vehicle. This will allow you to have a holistic view of the fleet and build a baseline for the fuel consumption. From here, it is easy to identify which drivers or vehicles are under-performing and which are doing well.

The driver / vehicle score tab allows you to break down your fleet into the sub-components that drive performance, and thus understand where driver training should be focused. For example, some drivers may often speed, while others accelerate or brake harshly - you can now tailor your driver training to maximise results.

Idling as a quick-win

Idling is when a car is unnecessarily switched on despite being stationary. Therefore, through correct management, significant idling can be eliminated to deliver immediate cost savings. You can track idling by setting up a standard dedicated report and creating an alert on Connect.

The Idling Report shows the total amount of time spent idling by a vehicle, driver or group. It includes idle start/stop, location group and the total idling duration over a period of time. So, you will be able to, for example, determine if the idling is justified or not based on where it took place. You can also set a maximum threshold of idling time, and use conditional formatting to highlight any excessive idling.

Furthermore, creating an alert will allow you to react in real time rather than review historical idling data.

Manage unauthorised fleet usage

The use of vehicles outside working hours or working days is often a considerable cost for companies, especially due to its extra fuel expenditure. If this is not within policy, it is easy to use Connect to identify wherever this may be the case.

You can subscribe to a report in Masternaut Connect that details the trips made by a driver, a vehicle or a group of drivers or vehicles during or outside working hours. You can customise the working hours for your fleet either for the week or customise it by day.

The Timesheet is a tool that allows you to visualise your fleet quickly to determine whether there is any unusual vehicle activity, such as weekend or night driving. You can also easily identify any extended periods of idling (yellow). The Timesheet is also available as a report.

Track vehicle service maintenance

Regular maintenance is necessary to achieve the optimum fuel economy of your fleet. Some overlooked maintenance items, such as clogged air filters or poorly tuned engines, can reduce the mpg. Furthermore, fitting the right tires, inflated to the correct pressures, can cut fuel consumption by up to 15%.

Masternaut Connect Maintenance allows you to remotely collect up-to-date maintenance information straight from the vehicle's electronic control system including servicing information.

Improve your maintenance planning with servicing information by setting up the Maintenance Due Report in our standard report library. It highlights the vehicles that are close to their preset distance threshold or are overdue for their next maintenance.

In summary:

  1. Create a fuel report to measure your fuel consumption and identify any opportunities for improvement
  2. Track idling as a quick-win to save fuel waste
  3. Minimise inappropriate usage by through the out of hours / working hours report or by creating an alert
  4. Make sure your vehicles' service maintenance is correctly followed up

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