A few simple changes in driving techniques can produce sizable fuel savings of 5 percent or more, according to the EPA. Fleets that improve fuel economy by at least 5 percent through driver training and monitoring programs can save more than $1,200 per truck each year in fuel costs and eliminate 8 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per truck each year.
Two trucking fleets in Canada documented the impact of driver training and found fuel efficiency improvements of 18 percent and 20 percent. For example, driving 65 mph instead of 55 mph can use up to 20% more fuel.
Companies using the FieldLogix fleet tracking system can use their proprietary Green Fleet Reports to monitor driver performance and improvements over time. FieldLogix encourages fleet managers to provide incentives to the best drivers who make the most progress and reduce fuel consumption.
For a limited time, customers who subscribe to select FieldLogix fleet tracking plans can gain access to the course free via the internet.
The Fuel Efficiency Driver Training courses are divided into several modules, such as the Physics of Fuel and Fuel Efficient Driving Techniques. After each course module is completed, students will be given a brief online exam to test their knowledge. Students must pass the test with a score of 80% or more in order to move on to the next course module.