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DIESEL ENGINE IDLING:

A Waste to Your Bottom Line

reduce engine idlingIt is estimated that 1.2 billion gallons of fuel are consumed nationally from diesel engine idling. Based on today’s gas prices, this means almost $4 billion per year in wasted fuel!

What is idling?

It means running your fleet engines for extended periods of time at low speeds…And it causes more wear on internal parts than running the engine at normal speeds!

Additional facts you should know:

  • Just 60 minutes of idling time is equal to 80 to 120 minutes of driving time.
  • Excessive idling can waste up to 800 gallons of fuel each year.
  • Today’s truck and engine manufacturers often recommend a warm-up time of less than five minutes.
  • Idling for more than ten seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
    Equipment such as flashing lights or radio can generally be operated for up to an hour without the engine running.

For a fleet of 25 vehicles, idling time reduced by only 15 minutes per day can result in fuel savings of 562.5 gallons at a cost of about $1,600 per year. If you reduce idling time by 60 minutes, it would result in a fuel savings of 2,250 gallons at a cost of over $6,000 per year!

Improve Fleet Maintenance Costs

Another negative consequence of idling is excessive engine wear – a truck idling for one hour suffers engine wear equal to about seven miles of driving. The American Trucking Association states that one hour of idling per day for one year results in the equivalent of 64,000 miles in wear and tear on your fleet vehicles.

Idling is only considered reasonable and necessary under the following conditions:

  • Idling during sleeping or resting in a sleeper booth.
  • Idling during traffic congestion.
  • Testing, servicing, or diagnostic purposes.
  • When operating defrosters, heaters, air conditioners, or other equipment to prevent a safety or health emergency.

Engine idling impacts more than just your bottom line!

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), health problems associated with vehicle idling exhaust are premature mortality, bronchitis, respiratory symptoms, sudden bronchial constriction, pneumonia and influenza…all of which can lead to work loss days. And exhaust from idling produces gaseous emissions, creating numerous environmental concerns.

Universal Tracking Solutions offers one of the only real-time fleet management GPS tracking systems on the market. Tracking devices installed in your fleet will allow monitoring of fuel consumption through Individual Idle Alerts and Individual Engine Run-time reporting. The ultimate in fleet management technology, UTS is a low-cost GPS Fleet Tracking Solution that his high in features, yet easy to deploy. Contact us for a free quote.


Monthly Subscriptions Now Available

monthly subscriptionsUniversal Tracking Solutions has recently partnered with a variety of full service leasing companies to provide little to no out of pocket money for new customers who want to receive all the benefits that a GPS fleet solution can provide.

This is a big advantage for companies who need to increase productivity, reduce fuel costs and increase customer satisfaction levels, but can’t come up with a large down payment or afford the hardware to get started.  *The Monthly Subscription Plan allows a low money payment with no money required out of pocket from the customer. OAC - Terms and Conditions apply.

Client of the Month

truckName of Company: Kelco Construction

Time with UTS: 6 months

# Cars in Fleet: 109

What They Said:
"We used another GPS company prior to UTS and we were not satisfied. After evaluating other companies, we made the decision to migrate to UTS because they offered the best solution for our needs. We have close to 100 units on our trucks and heavy machinery. We track the vehicles’ speeds, stops and the heavy equipment’s engine hour run-times. We have been able to see a significant difference on how we run our day to day operations. We are now able to tell which piece of equipment ran on which job site and for how long. Also, we are able to access employee performance and make changes where necessary." - Kelly Davis, President, Kelco Construction

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Do You Know?

How much time does the average America worker waste in a day?

A) 1 Hour 20 Minutes
B) 45 Minutes
C) 2 Hours 5 Minutes

See the Correct Answer.

Web-Based GPS Tip

Reduce Fuel Costs

reduce fuel costsOur GPS Fleet Tracking software provides idle alerts set at certain intervals to alert when an vehicle's engine has been running idle. Routes are optimized, reducing miles driven. Gas receipts can be confirmed to a vehicle's position report. Best of all, you receive ongoing mileage reports! Learn more.

 

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