Fuel is the second-highest operational cost for fleet managers, after drivers’ wages. In 2018, the cost of fuel made up a whopping 24 percent of carriers’ average total costs per mile. Most fleet managers are keen on cutting fuel costs anywhere they can, but it isn’t always easy to do.
You’re probably already implementing some best practices to reduce fuel costs, but there may be other methods you haven’t considered. Let’s take a look at seven ways that can help you to save money on your fuel costs.
If you’re driving a refrigerated trailer or a dry van, aerodynamic devices can be incredibly helpful for reducing fuel spend. Any time you can improve the aerodynamics of your trailer, it’s going to help cut down on fuel costs — maybe even more than you would expect.
A recent study showed that combining Utility’s Aerodynamic Side Skirt (USS) and their innovative Aerodynamic Tail (UAT) can give you a fuel savings of 646 gallons of fuel per 100,000 miles. Want to know how much you can save by using their aerodynamic products? Check out Utility’s fuel savings calculator.
There are trailer tails on the market that are unsightly and extremely difficult to use. Utility’s patented UAT is nothing like that. The UAT is small, effective, and requires absolutely no excess work to deploy or store it. When you close the doors, it’s deployed. When you open the doors, it isn’t.