Fleet Vehicles Spend 35% of their Trip Time Idling

 In Inside FleetCarma

You turn the key in the ignition. Your vehicle starts up, you pull on your seat belt, check your phone for a last minute client update, set away work materials. How much time goes by? Just a few seconds?

When we looked at real-world data we found that 37% of idling events last 1 minute or longer occur within the first 3 minutes of any vehicle’s trip. These idle periods begin as soon as the vehicle starts, or shortly after it pulls out of its parking spot, or depot. These initial idling times are largely preventable and can be easily identified and managed using an anti-idling policy.

We analyzed our real-world database of fleet vehicles and trips they take to determine 5 key stats about fleet idling and strategies you can use to prevent idle fuel waste.

Idling costs affect fleets in a variety of ways, not only increasing fuel but maintenance costs as well. Setting idling policies may be challenging for fleets. Establishing how to determine a reasonable limit, provide consistent feedback for drivers, and reward drivers that are hitting anti-idling targets. This E-book investigates some interesting facets of idling andcovers strategies for fleets to begin an idle management program or assess programs already in place.

This E-book covers:

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• When does idling occur within a trip? What about seasonal variation?
• How much idling can be reasonably prevented through anti-idling policies and idle reduction technologies?
• How does eco-driving affect idling, can fleets improve both at the same time?
• How much does fuel wasted from idling cost a fleet annually?
• How can a fleet identify, benchmark and manage preventable idle events

Find out more about what happens 35% of the time, and how to cut down that percentage in your fleet.

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