4 WAYS TO CONTROL COSTS AND INCREASE YOUR FLEET EFFICIENCY…
REDUCE TIRE EXPENSES
Properly choosing and maintaining tires can significantly affect lower fleet fuel expenses and extend tire life.
1.Develop a tire retreading program. Retreading existing radial ply tire casings can add an additional 120,000 miles per retread at about 35% of the cost of a new tire.
2.Poor alignment wears out tires as much as it cuts fuel efficiency. Check alignment on a regularly scheduled basis.
3.Check alignment under these special circumstances: if the truck has been towed; if unusual wear is noticed; and anytime tires are changed.
4.Make certain all tires installed are properly balanced. This will help eliminate wear and cab vibrations.
5.All tire valve stems should have a seal-type valve cap to protect tires from road dirt entering the stems and starting slow tire leaks.
6.Remember both underinflation and overinflation of tires will increase tire wear and reduce fuel efficiency.
7.Have drivers carry a pocket air pressure gauge to ensure proper tire inflation when they do their pre-trip inspection.
PROPER PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
Preventive maintenance pays off by avoiding unnecessary and expensive repairs in the long run.
1.A preventive maintenance program is well worth the investment. It minimizes downtime, increases equipment lifespan, and saves fuel.
2.Winterize vehicles by checking cooling systems, tires, and electrical systems.
3.Don’t forget to service air filters frequently. Before every trip, drivers should look under the hood and check:
1.All fluid levels.
2.All hoses, lines, belts for tightness and fraying, and electrical wiring for fraying, cracks, and worn or burned spots.
CONTROLLING YOUR BLOCK HEATER CIRCUITS
Most fleet owners utilize block heaters in the winter months. Block heaters are a necessary waste of electricity, but your trucks need to start at the beginning of the day to stay competitive, so you’ll be needing to plug in.
BrightSync block heater controller can control up to 40 trucks or buses with one panel. This makes our product very cost effective and reliable, which is what fleet managers are looking for to operate a efficient operation.
BrightSync will deliver remarkable savings for your operation no matter what type of a fleet you have. If you use block heaters then you need BrightSync to control your fleet’s block heater circuits. Our technology utilizes patented control algorithms, zone controls and soft start to deliver you 80% or more in electrical savings.