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FEATURE

CUTTING FUEL COSTS
WITH FLEET TRACKING
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BY WYN PARTINGTON, VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING, NEXTRAQ

f there's one thing that fencing professionals know a lot about, it's driving. You can usually find them in their
vehicles, heading from one jobsite to another to complete an installation, picking up and dropping off supplies
at various installation sites and visiting prospective customers. All of that time spent on the road means their
fleet of vehicles is a critical business tool. It also means that their fuel spend is a critical budget item.

While the cost of fuel remains significantly
lower than a few years ago, there have been
some recent jumps at the pump. Even a slight
rise in the price per gallon can mean a big difference to the bottom line. While businesses
have little control over the price of gas, they
do have control over how that fuel is used.
Are counting the pennies associated with a
tank of gas worth of it? Many companies don't
think so, and ignore these little costs, until
they grow, day after day, to become big costs.
Fleet management solutions can help companies cut their annual fuel spend by 10 percent
or more, and those pennies all add up.
If a vehicle fleet is a key business tool for
a company, owners need to look for ways
to make it the most efficient it can be, and
that means looking at ways to cut fuel spend.

The drivers themselves, of course, play a key
role. They are the ones behind the wheel, and
driving styles and habits can vary wildly
from driver to driver, using more or less fuel
depending on their profile. Fleet management solutions help spot the good and bad
habits for each driver in a fleet and adjust-
or reward-accordingly.
But there are also things fencing companies can look at across the fleet, including vehicle maintenance to cut down on
wear and tear, and choosing an integrated
fuel card so drivers are always getting the
best pricing.
There are five key changes that fencing companies can make to help cut their fuel costs and
really begin to see a substantial difference in
their company's operational expenses.

1. PUT THE BRAKES ON
AGGRESSIVE DRIVING
One of the biggest costs for fleets is the
cost of maintaining vehicles, and nothing
causes more wear and tear on a vehicle than
aggressive driving. If drivers are constantly
pushing their vehicles, it's going to show not
only in fuel costs but also in maintenance
bills. Every driver wants to get to their destination, but aggressive driving is unsafe and
wastes fuel. By reducing aggressive driving
incidents, fencing companies can make their
business safer and more cost-efficient.
Aggressive driving behaviors include:
* Speeding - Drivers that consistently drive
faster than the posted speed limits burn
more fuel than those that don't;
* Rapid acceleration - Drivers that race
other vehicles off the line at a stoplight
or weave in and out of traffic are creating
unsafe situations-and wasting fuel;
* Aggressive braking - Drivers that
speed and accelerate rapidly generally
are braking hard as well. Hard braking
impacts not only fuel costs, but also a
maintenance ledger;
* Hard cornering - Hard cornering creates
uneven wear in tires, which can impact
miles per gallon and therefore fuel costs.
Fleeting tracking solutions can help monitor driving behavior and correct it quickly.

2. CUT DOWN ON EXCESSIVE IDLING
Drivers spend a lot of time in their vehicles,
and managers want them to be comfortable,
but vehicles that are left idling to keep the

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - July/August 2017

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
VMA
Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Blue Ribbon Companies
The Right Gate for the Job
CLFMI
New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
New Members
All About I-9s
Calendar
Good Fences and Good Neighbors
Minding Your Business
Fencesense
Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Intro
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover1
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover2
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 3
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Editor’s Note
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 14
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 16
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - President’s Message
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 18
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 21
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 22
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 23
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 24
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - VMA
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 27
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 28
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Blue Ribbon Companies
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - The Right Gate for the Job
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 31
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 32
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - CLFMI
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 34
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 36
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Members
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 38
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - All About I-9s
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 40
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 41
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 42
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Calendar
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Good Fences and Good Neighbors
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 45
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 46
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 47
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 48
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Minding Your Business
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 50
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Fencesense
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 52
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 53
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 54
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 55
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 56
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 57
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover3
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover4
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - outsert1
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - outsert2
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - outsert3
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