Management, Maintenance, and Driving Tips to Battle Fuel Costs

Skyrocketing fuel costs can have a profound effect on a contractor's profits. This article provides some guidelines on how contractors can improve fuel economy. The first step is to track and document fuel usage in order to demonstrate if fuel economy measures are working. Once the contractor has begun tracking miles per gallon, it can encourage its drivers can improve gas mileage by: reducing idling time, avoiding fast acceleration, pacing driving, maintaining the speed limit, shifting at lower RPMs, and reducing use of air conditioning. Proper maintenance of vehicles, equipment and engines can also result in better gas mileage. Businesses that use enough fuel can justify installing an in-ground tank and storing fuel in their yard, which enables them to buy fuel in bulk at a lower price. Contractors should also calculate maintenance costs for an older vehicle to determine if it should be replaced with a newer, more fuel-efficient vehicle.


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  • Accession Number: 01002831
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2005 8:48PM