One of the major costs of doing business as a contractor lies with vehicle operating costs. And have you noticed how those costs are increasing?
Worsening road conditions puts more stress on tires, brakes, suspensions and other equipment. Gas and tire costs are higher, and so is labor. It’s plain, flat-out expensive to operate a work vehicle in today’s environment.
In an effort to control our vehicle operating costs, the team at Hue & Cry sat down with fleet management experts. Here’s what we learned:
- Review your vehicle specs with a fleet expert. Many companies “under-buy” or “over-buy” their trucks, meaning they buy too much vehicle or too little vehicle to properly do the work. The type of vehicle you buy impacts your vehicle operating costs.
- Use extended service contracts. With complex electrical systems, more companies are buying extended service vehicles. Most warranties expire long before the end of the useful life of the vehicle, and extended service contracts can be a much more attractive financial option than repairs.
- Manage tire expense. Purchase new vehicles with tire pressure monitoring systems or install them on existing vehicles. They are worth their weight in gold in improving both fuel efficiency and tire wear.
- Install engine governors. These are maximum speed limiters. They improve fuel efficiency and cut down the risks of tickets, complaints and accidents.
- Use synthetics and re-refined motor oil. These are lighter weight oils that decrease engine sludge. They also boost fuel economy while improving drain intervals.
Hue & Cry is a life safety and security alarm contractor in Northern California and Oregon. Contact us for fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler systems, security and CCTV systems, access control systems and alarm monitoring. Call us toll-free at 1-800-800-ALARM.