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Companies specializing in delivery services need a steady supply of fuel to keep their fleet moving. Trucking firms fall in to this category. In many cases, the stocks are brought over by an onsite fuel service like the Apache Oil Company. While the fuel may be successfully stored in secure tanks inside the company’s property, your team will have to account hard for all the gas consumed, especially in an age of increased emphasis on fuel economy.


The Basis

A drive for making the most out of your fuel stocks can be based on a recent CALSTART study on fuel use with several prominent trucking firms as respondents. Writing for the Union of Concerned Scientists’ The Equation blog, Dave Cooke said the trucker outfits see the need to invest in more heavy-lift vehicles that have better mileage. At the same time, they will work to keep the existing vehicles running and improve on their fuel efficiency, which may shave sums off the overall operating cost.

The study acknowledged the fact that government regulations over the years have not offered incentives to heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers designed to help them make more fuel-efficient units. The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Transport Safety Administration already have vehicle design rules to help manufacturers come up with units that work well for many transport sectors.

Stretching Supply

There are many ways your team can consider in securing adequate emergency fuel stocks and being able to efficiently use them in daily operations.

  • Better Defensive Driving – The drivers will have to train more on additional defensive driving strategies to reduce fuel wastage. In such context, they may need to learn better shifting techniques, how to analyze traffic routes for buildup, and not to stomp on the accelerator or brakes too hard.
  • Within Speed Limits – Learning the maximum speed limit in certain zones works to a degree. Inc.com’s Elizabeth Sile says many trucks have average speeds approaching 70 miles per hour, but cruising at least 5mph slower may increase fuel efficiency by six percent.
  • Tracked movements – Your company may need to invest in tracking systems for all vehicles. The objective is to ensure all drivers will get to their destinations at the earliest possible time and prevent them from making unnecessary detours.

Every drop counts in making sure all the fuel you purchase from firms like Apache Oil Company are carefully protected and used by your crews. You may even save a lot more on operational expenses.

Fleet Experts Weigh In: Fuel Economy Rules for Trucks Pay Off, The Equation, September 14, 2015
5 Tips for Trimming Your Fuel Costs, Inc.com

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

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