A truck is left idling when it is kept completely stopped but the engine remains running, the most common situations are while driving, at a traffic light or stop signs, check areas or customs lines, excessive traffic in cities and even in front of a bad operating practice.
Idling for short periods of time is not a problem, however, leaving the engine at idle too long can pose serious problems for operation.
When the driver stops for more than five minutes, the optimal decision is to stop the engine completely, the best thing is for the driver to avoid leaving the engine idling during prolonged and unnecessary stops to avoid fuel consumption and mechanical wear.
A heavy truck idling consumes an estimated 1 gallon per hour and ½ gallon for a light vehicle, in prolonged situations idling can increase fuel consumption up to 10 times.
A hundreds vehicles fleet idling for long periods represents a considerable cost of fuel per day and at the end of the month it reflects an excessive expense that puts the operation’s profitability at risk.
Fuel continues to be consumed even with the vehicle completely stopped, to maintain functions such as electric fan, air conditioning or heating. The key is to define rules to control the allowed idle time in vehicle fleets to avoid unnecessary expenses.
Your vehicle engine can overheat when left idling for long periods of time, excessive engine heating adds hours of operation, increasing wear and tear and representing a risk that can damage the engine operation and reduce your vehicle’s useful life.
If your transport company does not integrate the technology to monitor and supervise your fleets driving habits, maintenance and repair to ensure your vehicles optimal functioning represent excessive costs for the business.
Didcom® Telematics Solutions help transportation companies measure and monitor the vehicle fleets behavior to identify opportunities for improvement, set idle time limits and optimize operation.
Our Telematics Technology provides a fleet analysis to identify operational behaviors that represent risks before the incident occurs, and to implement indicators to measure progress in the objectives set.
Telematics helps Fleet Managers to keep operation detailed control to turn data into improvement opportunities to make intelligent decisions, prevent service failures and reflect expense reduction and income measurable increase.
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