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Dangers of Engine Idling

Idling is a much more serious issue than people think.

Idling is a much more serious issue than people think. Not only this type of driving behavior causes extra fuel usage, it also causes engine damage and hurts the environment on a large scale. An average heavy-duty truck consumes about two liters of fuel per hour when it is idle and the engine emits 20 times more pollution than a vehicle traveling at 30 miles an hour. Idling harms key engine components over time which causes lower fuel economy, lower battery life, and a weary engine. For companies with vehicles numbering to hundreds, the repair and fuel bills can rack up to vast amounts of money.

The improvements in the field of GPS and the combination of management tools required to run a fleet allowed tech companies to create fleet management systems. With the integration of these systems into their infrastructure, fleet managers gained access to all the essential tools to monitor unwanted driver behaviour such as idling and speeding. By accessing this information and using the provided tools, owners and managers of even the largest companies can easily identify the unruly drivers.

GPS tracking systems give you insights into unsafe driving habits and allow the user to send alerts when a problem arises. According to many fleet companies, accountability of a fleet management system is an excellent deterrent for drivers and encourages them to make better choices when they are behind the wheel of company vehicles.

Fleet vehicles experience wear and tear at an accelerated rate than regular vehicles. They are constantly on the roads and exposed to the environmental elements. But idling adds insult to the injury by causing extensive damage to the engine because the fuel can not fully combust and reach optimal temperature when idle; this can be incredibly damaging to the engine causing large repair bills. One of the worst situations to be in for a fleet manager is having to deal with a broken down truck. If the vehicle is in a remote area, it also poses a danger to the safety of the driver as well. Financial problems aside, mounting a rescue operation for the fleet drivers for malfunctioning vehicles is a challenging task. Then there is the vehicle downtime and unhappy customers. It is extremely important for a fleet company to maintain healthy vehicles for a number of reasons. For this reason, it is vital for every fleet business to put a stop to idling. Idling is one of the main causes of engine damage and this unwanted driver behavior can lead to devastating consequences such as multiple trucks malfunctioning in remote areas.

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