Spring is upon us, and with rising temperatures also come rising gas prices across the country. AAA is reporting that gas prices are expected to rise to their highest levels since 2015, beginning when the refineries change over supply from their winter to more expensive summer blends. AAA’s prediction is for gas prices to rise nationally to an average of $2.70 a gallon, with some states, such as California, seeing spikes as high as $4.00 a gallon. These examples reflect a price increase on average of about $0.40 a gallon higher than what was seen last spring. Just last week alone, gasoline prices rose an average of $.05 per gallon across the country* in what is likely to become a trend in the months ahead. After knowing all the facts, here are some suggestions, including some from AAA, to keep your fuel costs down and increase sustainability for your fleet.
*Update: As of 4/2, prices had risen by $.11 per gallon.
Drive Slower: According to the Department of Energy, motorists use more fuel the faster they drive. Studies show that every 5 mph over 50 mph is the equivalent of paying an extra 18 cents more per gallon.
Keep It Light: Heavier vehicles require more fuel. Try to not weigh down your vehicles and keep them as light as possible. Remove any stock or tools that are not needed for the day to increase gas mileage.
Think Green: Look at ways to increase your fleet’s efficiency. There are several options to turn vehicles in your fleets into hybrid electric (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles to increase gas mileage and lower emissions. XL has proven, sustainable solutions for Class 2 through 6 vehicles across many of the most popular trucks and vans in the industry. Our fleet ready™ electrification systems can be upfit in just a few hours on new or existing vehicles and help save an average of 25-50% in fuel costs, with no impact on drivability.
Lower Idling Time: Work with your fleet drivers to decrease idling times to stop wasted fuel usage. Use a telematics package, such as XL Link (included with all XL upfits), to monitor idling and help pinpoint places to improve.
Combine Stops for Maximum Efficiency: Look at your routes and arrange them in advance to help ensure the most efficient travel. Keep the number of individual stops to a minimum by combining stops, if possible, and try to utilize flat roads that put less strain on your engines, if that’s an option.
Rising gas prices don’t have to give you the summertime blues. By taking control of your fleet usage, you can also take control of your fuel costs to help better manage your bottom line all year long.