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Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Hi, my name is Angela, and as the wife of a mechanic, I was constantly tripping over car parts and complaining about the rows of project cars lining our garden. However, after a few years, I quit complaining and actually found joy in the art of auto repair. Inspired by that classic book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", I decided to start working on cars with my husband. This blog is the culmination of everything I have learned and more. I hope you enjoy reading it and that my tips and ideas guide you toward a healthier car and a happier, safer driving experience.


Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Why Fuel Data Should Be Integrated With Your Fleet Management System

by Keith Simpson

As you add more trucks to your fleet, it is important to start integrating the data gathered from fuel cards into your fleet management system. This article discusses how that integration would be beneficial to you.

Improved Preventive Maintenance

Timely data collected from fuel card usage helps to ease the work of preventive maintenance teams. This is because the data forwarded to the fleet management system updates the data on all truck components or consumables, such as engine oil, that need to be overhauled or changed after the truck has covered a certain number of miles. These updates are done automatically so that you no longer have to rely on an employee to monitor truck components. The system can send an alert when a part is due for replacement after it has clocked the number of miles that the manufacturer stipulated as the maximum use to which that part could be put. This prevents truck downtime caused by component failure because of delayed replacement of worn parts.

Reduction of Fuel Theft

Integrating data from fuel cards into your fleet management system can also help you to curb fuel theft by employees. The fleet management system can have a record of the size of the fuel tanks for all trucks in your fleet. The system can then send you an alert each time more fuel than a tank can hold is drawn. Employees may also be deterred from engaging in fuel theft if they know that the fleet management software is tracking how much fuel they say they use on each trip.

You Can Track How Parts Affect Operating Costs

Another key benefit that you can get when you integrate fuel data into the fleet management system is that you can generate a variety of reports, such as how a certain brand of tyres improves fuel economy when compared to other brands, so that you gradually transition to truck parts that lower your costs of operation. You can also monitor fuel consumption in relation to truck life so that you replace a truck whose fuel economy has dropped to an unsustainable level.

Fleet management systems help you to have all truck-related information in one location. It is therefore only natural that you should link information from your fuel card provider to the fleet management system. You can put that data to as many uses as you wish once it is in one place. Talk to a truck salesperson in case you would like to learn additional ways to utilise fuel card data once it is in your fleet management system.