Haseman says, “You have a certain dollar amount associated with fuel, and then with maintenance, and the overall
dollar amount at the end. Let’s say it is $200 for fuel and $200 for maintenance at the end of the month. That vehicle
is costing you $400 based off of the idle time.”
Haseman has developed a formula that translates idling percentages into dollars and cents savings. “I was able to
create a report in Geoforce that would tell me what trucks were idling for how long based off of the full engine use.
And then based on previous white papers and research I did, I was able to integrate some formulas for engine size
and typical repair maintenance depicted by how long vehicles were idling for. And what I was able to do with that
was get an overall dollar amount associated with how much money we’re spending on idling and maintenance repairs
from idling,” he explains.
“It really shows how much fuel the driver has used through idle time, and then the engine size plays into the multiplier
for maintenance repairs on average idle time,” Haseman says.
Benefits Extend From Fleet Efficiency to Safety
The benefits haven’t been just to the bottom line. Solaris uses the insights on driving behavior to enhance their
corporate safety program.
Haseman appreciates all the different safety features of the Geotab solution. “It can monitor seat belt usage, real
harsh braking, and vehicle crash recreation. If there is an issue, we can research and find out what happened.” If a
driver exhibits poor driving habits, Solaris will address the issue and work together to find a corrective action. Tackling
speeding also assist with maintenance and fuel costs.
In the future, Solaris expects to find further cost savings on fuel by implementing Geotab’s fuel tracker and fuel card
Overall, the Geoforce-Geotab solution has saved time and taken the guesswork out of monitoring fleet operations.
Fleet data has been turned into a valuable tool that Solaris can use to optimize the efficiency and
safety of their innovative fleet.
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