Maximizing fuel usage at the jobsite
May 30, 2012
While many companies are implementing sweeping changes to the way they do business in order to save money, sometimes it's the small things that count. ForConstructionPros recently noted a few tips contractors can use to help save money on fuel - a cost that seems to keep rising.
1. Obey the speed limit: Speed limits aren't just in place for safety reasons, they also help ensure motorists get the best mileage out of their fuel tanks. If a construction company is driving long distances to jobsites, they should make an effort to stay at the speed limit to maximize the use of fuel.
2. Eliminate idle time: If a vehicle isn't being actively used, turn it off. When a vehicle is sitting still, it's getting zero miles per gallon - not to mention the fact that it's also causing engine wear.
3. Plan trips ahead: Going to the jobsite for the first time? Planning ahead can help construction workers plan the most fuel-efficient routes. Using these routes every day may help to reduce fuel expenses over the duration of the project.
Whether it's a truck or construction software, contractors should always strive to take care of their equipment. This will prevent wasted investments in tools that can't get the job done.