Just how much does driver behavior actually affect fuel efficiency?

 In Inside FleetCarma

As mentioned in our most recent blog post there is a huge amount of sway a driver has over the resulting performance of their vehicle.  Though there are many external factors such as road conditions and temperature that affect the performance of vehicles, a driver’s behavior can mitigate negative factors and help to consistently drive up fuel efficiency at the same time.

There are many facets to improving driver behavior, such as how a driver accelerates and brakes, if they travel at high speeds, or spend too much time idling.
We capture these factors in one metric, an Eco-Score.  The eco-score can be used to compare driver behavior from trip to trip, or an overall score from vehicle to vehicles.

It’s pretty straightforward to understand that someone who jackrabbits through traffic is going use more fuel than someone who eases on and off the accelerator pedal. The real question, when it comes down to it, is how much? Is it enough to affect your fleet’s budgets? How much improvement can be made?

We looked at real-world data from our fleet partners, and analyzed it to quantify the effects of driver controlled behaviors and develop strategies so fleets can see their operational costs decrease.

Sneak peak: Driver Behavior E-Book

We recently put together an e-book that covers the ways that fleets can manage driver behavior, idling, and for those with plug-in vehicles, charging behavior as well.  The e-book covers the effect of a vehicle’s overall driver behavior as well as a break down of each factor (acceleration events, braking events, and idling).

The plots below show an example of looking at the effect of driver behavior on fuel efficiency for conventional vehicles.

A plot showing real-world data of the relationship between how a vehicle is driven and the fuel economy.

If you want to learn more about the impact of aggressive driving and idle events on the operational costs of a vehicle fleet, download our free e-book to learn more.

Driver Behavior and Fuel Economy - US

The e-book covers strategies for improvement, as well as case studies about fleets that have used driver feedback as a method to reduce costs.

Check it out!

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