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Trucking companies that see an uptick in business during the summer can breathe a sigh of relief. According to a report from Time Magazine, gas prices throughout the United States have stabilized, and a price drop shouldn’t be too far off. This speculation is based off market trends in June, a month when oil companies complete seasonal maintenance over the last five years.

On-site Fueling and Other Cost-Effective Options for Trucking Services

Although gas prices may see a drop soon, trucking companies shouldn’t depend solely on the price drop to help them save money this summer. After all, maximizing profits should be a task that is done year-round. Fortunately, there are many ways to help reduce costs, yet maintain the productivity level of your fleet. Some of these methods include:

On-site Fuel Services

On-site fuel service from companies like Apache Oil Company can save you a significant sum over the course of a year, especially if you own a large fleet. Imagine this: fuel is delivered straight to your lot. This alone saves you the money it would’ve cost to bring your trucks to the nearest gas station and back to the lot.

For example, if your truck’s mileage is at $3/mile, and the nearest gas station is 3 miles away, you save $9 per truck if you were to take advantage of on-site fueling services. When multiplied over a 50 truck fleet, you save $450 every time you need to fill the tank of your fleet.

Regular and Proper Truck Maintenance

Just as a poorly maintained air conditioner uses more energy, an inadequately maintained truck will consume more gas. This results in frequently having to fill the tank while your trucks are on the road, leading to higher gas expenses and longer delivery times that impact business operations.

Proper maintenance can significantly reduce the amount of strain engines have to face and improve the mileage of your fleet. You may want to get a head start on ways to improve the mileage of your fleet, as a report from Forbes Magazine claims that the EPA is looking to impose new heavy truck fuel economy regulations this 2015.

Fuel Economy Driving Tricks

Another way to improve the fuel economy of your fleet is to educate your drivers on how to drive in a manner that helps save on gas. According to research, vehicles that drive at a steady 45mph use a lot less fuel. Other methods include reducing rapid braking and acceleration, as well as turning the engine off while stuck behind a red light. Overall, these driving tricks can improve your fuel economy by up to 70 percent!

Sources:

Gas Prices Have Probably Peaked for the Year, Time Magazine, June 1, 2015

New Heavy Truck EPA Regulations To Require Increased Fuel Economy, Forbes Magazine, June 1, 2015

Posted on Jun 1, 2015

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