Trucking Technology Improves Fuel Economy—Here’s How

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Advances in technology have very clearly transformed the business world—but technological strides also have big impacts on us that we might not even realize. Whether you’ve ordered something off of Amazon, you’re buying product at your local grocery store, or your filling your car up at the gas station, you’re being impacted by one big thing—trucking

Trucking and freight have been the backbone of American commerce for decades. In fact, the amount of freight transported is supposed to increase steadily until at least 2045. Trucking is an essential part of our economy, and advances in technology in the industry have benefited trucking companies and their customers greatly. People expect more than they ever have, and improvements in fuel-saving technology has allowed the trucking industry to respond to their demands to not only get things faster, but get things at a lower price. 

Fuel-efficient trucks, smarter dispatching, and a new ELD mandate have all impacted the industry on the enterprise level. While the opportunity to improve margins through data and technology has always been present for large trucking companies, it’s now accessible to smaller fleets as well—which benefits all of us. 

Fuel Economy Technology: What It’s Doing for Us

PedalCoach is an in-cab tool that can analyze a driver’s behavior, and coach them to use their fuel more efficiently on their drives. Through tools like this, drivers can look at important efficiency data in real time while they’re driving. Before, higher ups in the company would analyze this data—they might not have understood (not being drivers) it as well, and couldn’t deliver immediate feedback to fix the problems. 

Tools like PedalCoach can account for things like load and precipitation, so drivers get more accurate scores for their driving—excluding factors that are outside of their control. This also excludes any favoritism from dispatchers of skepticism about vehicle health at the shop. Essentially, if your score says your drove your best, that’s pretty hard to argue with. This allows a level playing field for truck drivers. 

Plenty of tools like True Fuel also focus on post-shift data, not just in-cab data, so drivers can understand their overall performance better, and therefore plan for a better drive the next day. It’s the truck driving equivalent of game-day coaching, as well as looking at the films after the game to figure out how to be better next time. 

Tools like these can even determine the best speed to drive for maximum fuel efficiency. For example, fuel burns at a steady rate—so in some cases, above a certain threshold, the burn rate outweighs the time that the driver perceives as saved. This feature encourages drivers to slow down, which helps smaller companies not only save on fuel, but also ensure consistent delivery times. 

With new technology becoming more and more accessible, trucking companies can drive down fuel costs and make smarter decisions for their employees, and their business. 

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