How much time each day does your fleet spend idling? Do you know what idle time is costing your business? The reality is idle time is probably costing your business more than you think, and your vehicles are also probably idling for longer than you think.
When you reduce idle time in your fleet you will:
The percentage of idle time over a working day varies depending on the type of vehicle. For example, a delivery truck is likely to idle longer each day than a semi-trailer. The average idle time, however, is 25 percent idle time of the vehicle's operational time per day.
The idle times for plant machinery and heavy equipment is even longer. Maintenance graders and loaders can be idling up to 40 percent of the time, while construction machines can spend up to 30 percent of their time idling.
The following list will help you better understand the average idle times of the vehicles you have in your fleet:
To put a financial cost to this idle time, a normal truck idling for 25% of is working day will use $2,500 worth of fuel per year during this idle time. That's a cost that could easily be saved.
And plant and heavy equipment? A wheel loader will on average use $12,000 worth of fuel per year just to keep it running during idle time.
All the figures above are significant, particularly when you consider they are avoidable. In other words, the money you currently spend on fuel for fleet idle time could be going towards your organisation's bottom line rather than to your fuel provider.
Engine idle time can also have a negative impact on engine performance as it increases wear. This can increase maintenance costs for your fleet.
We assume one hour of idle time is equivalent to driving about 40km. If you have a vehicle that needs an oil change every 8,000 km and you drive it 80 miles a day, you will change the oil every 100 days.
If the vehicle is idle for one hour a day, however, the engine goes through additional wear equivalent to an extra 40km per day. That means after 100 days the engine will have wear equivalent to 12,000km - that's 50 percent more than recommended for each oil change.
This could lead to reliability issues which can result in downtime, lost productivity, and costly repairs.
There are two main steps you should take to reduce fleet idle time in your business:
The savings to your business by reducing fleet idle time are too significant to ignore.