No one can predict with 100 percent certainty whether biodiesel will completely replace diesel in the future. There are just too many political, economic, environmental impacts, and “unknowns” that are constantly in play. That said, if you take a look at the increasing use of biodiesel by commercial vehicles, as well as the growing interest in reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, it certainly appears that biodiesel is moving full speed ahead in that direction.
If you want freedom from the liability issues that can be associated with fuel storage and dispensing, your fleet vehicles and equipment fueled and ready to go at the start of the workday, and your drivers focused on their job rather than spending time fueling their vehicles at a card-lock or retail fuel station, then wet hose fueling is a method that’s definitely worth exploring.
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Whether your fleet is just a few vehicles or a few hundred, properly managing it and staying on top of the multiple challenges, details and requirements can be an overwhelming task.
From finding cost-effective solutions that control fuel prices and cut operational expenses, to figuring out new ways to ensure driver safety while complying with government regulations, fleet management can be a complicated undertaking with lots of disconnected nuts and bolts coming at you from every direction.
However, fleet management doesn’t have to be so co
mplicated and discombobulated. Software solutions and technologies can simplify and streamline the management of your assets on a single platform that is cost-effective and comprehensive.
If you manage fleet vehicles for your organization, you’re well-versed on all the ins and outs of the most common methods for obtaining fuel — bulk deliveries to fuel tanks, mobile fueling and purchasing at retail locations with fuel cards. However, there’s another fuel delivery method that you may not be quite as knowledgeable about. And, that’s unattended fuel outlets or UFOs.
Unattended fuel outlets are exactly what the name implies — unmanned fuel stations. They are also known for being reliable, computerized, fully-automated and a fast and convenient way for drivers to fill up vehicles and get back on the road without the time-consuming hassle of convenience store lines and the safety hazards associated with crowded lots.
Determining how your drivers pay for fuel at the pump can mean the difference between saving money and improving efficiencies or spending large chunks of your day tracking driver expenses manually.
And, who has time for that?
Making better use of your time and money by identifying solutions that reduce expenses, streamline operations, maximize workforce productivity and keep troubles at bay is essential to operational success. That’s where fleet fuel cards come into play, eliminating cash and conventional credit cards for driver purchases, and replacing them with a trackable, more efficient option.
With the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season just around the corner—officially beginning June 1 and ending November 30—there is no time like the present to prepare your fleet operations for the weather that Mother Nature might decide to throw your way.
Buying fuel in bulk isn’t always the most cost-effective option.
For emergency, first responder and utility
Other options like retail fuel cards or mobile fuel are important to consider, which is why we recommend working with a fuel provider to determine the best option for your fleet operations.
If you are considering bulk fuel, here’s what you need to know.
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With the cost of fuel generally believed to be a fleet’s largest operating expense, procurement of a trusted fuel partner that effectively meets your needs is serious business. Unfortunately, it can be just as confusing as it is serious, with what may seem like a myriad number of factors and details to consider. For example:
- Number and type of vehicles in your fleet
Numberof drivers and their job purpose—service techs, sales, delivery, etc.
- Route distances drivers travel per week/month/year
- Fuel budget and how fuel bills are paid
- Methods currently in place to track fuel usage and their effectiveness
- Controls currently in place and their effectiveness
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What is often said of the IT industry—the only thing constant is change—can also be said of fleet management. From industry challenges to government regulations, driver recruitment and retention, to advances in technology and safety, the fleet management industry is always on the move and constantly evolving.
To stay ahead of the curve, being informed on what is happening and what to watch for down the road can help you grow your business, control your budget and keep your drivers engaged, loyal and productive.
If it seems that your fleet requires refueling more frequently as the mercury slides lower, it’s not your imagination. Colder temperatures and winter driving conditions can mean, among other things, increased idle time, lower tire pressure and heavier rolling resistance, all of which can have a significant impact on fuel economy, no matter how responsible your drivers are or how carefully your vehicles are maintained.