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Selecting the right vehicles makes for the most efficient fleet. Vehicle selection impacts everything from fuel costs to driver safety. That’s why choosing the proper vehicles is a crucial decision for any fleet manager. The most common mistake we see when in the process of planning a fleet is to think about cost first and function later. Purchasing a cheaper vehicle not suited for its job may lower the price point up front, but it will end up costing you down the line.

Fuel prices are an inevitable expense for all fleets. Although gas prices may be down right now, that doesn’t mean they’ll always be, or that fleet managers can’t do more to cut costs and increase efficiency.

The cost of fuel is something we’ll always have to deal with. While the demand for fuel has increased over the years actual fuel production has remained relatively constant leading to higher and higher fuel prices. Although keeping a fleet on the road will always demand some fuel costs, there are many ways cut this cost down by building a more efficient fleet. 

In previous posts we’ve talked about the prevalence and dangers of distracted driving and some of the legal consequences distracted driving poses to your business. Now it’s time to talk about what you can do about it. Below are steps to building a better fleet policy for distracted driving. 

As it stands, 44 states have bans on text messaging while driving and 12 states ban any mobile phone use while driving at all. Some states have even gone as far as banning operating navigation devices while in a moving vehicle. It’s clear that this is an issue lawmakers are taking seriously. A look back at our blog about distracted driving safety statistics shows us why.

Distracted driving is one of the most talked about aspects of fleet management and for good reason. Statistically speaking it’s one of the most dangerous things you can do on the road, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine determined that the risk of an accident caused by cell phone use is on par with driving while intoxicated. 

Driver safety is one of the hottest topics in fleet management. Not only does it have to do with the safety of drivers and ultimately the lives of people on the road, it can also have a huge impact on a company's finances. Driver safety is the responsibility of the company, and having a proper fleet safety policy is not only a moral imperative, it is also smart business.

The first 6 months of unsupervised driving are the most hazardous in a driver’s life. That’s why most states choose to implement graduated driver licensing systems which gradually introduce drivers to more and more freedom on the road as they gain experience. However, even experienced drivers can be at risk for accidents. Plus, over time some drivers will develop bad habits ranging from speeding to tailgating to red light running.

There is no perfect formula to reduce fuel spending, but driver efficiency is a good place to start. Although purchasing vehicles with the highest fuel economy is an option, one of the most cost-effective and overlooked strategies is simply to encourage your drivers to make some small changes to their driving habits.

Reduce Aggressive Driving

Rapid acceleration and braking too quickly wastes fuel and are common symptoms of inefficient driving.

When it comes to company vehicle programs there are a few options available to you. In addition to owning or leasing your fleet of vehicles, you could consider fuel reimbursement. Fuel reimbursement is when employees use their personal cars and are compensated for their mileage.

When it comes to fuel reimbursement plans, there are many hidden expenses which must be calculated and considered as part of a lifecycle cost of a vehicle.

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