Is Your Equipment Weighing you Down?

In the construction industry’s past, idling was often a necessary action on the part of drivers. Equipment was heavy, engines were slow to start up, and the cost of diesel fuel was nowhere near what it is today. Efficiency called for trucks to be on when not in productive use so that drivers could be ready to go whenever was necessary. Today, however, this is absolutely not the case!

Advances in equipment technology have created engines that start quickly but cannot handle the repercussions of excess idling such as the soot buildup that happens within diesel particulate filters. As it was standard practice to idle for so many years, construction managers may find that drivers who have been in the business longer may have a harder time replacing that habit. Using the data from equipment telematics will help educate drivers about the harm this causes the equipment and the high costs of wasted fuel, moving drivers towards more beneficial habits. Fleet managers on average recognize fuel savings from $25-$45 per hour from reduced idling and saved fuel!

Today’s equipment telematics enable managers to gain a nearly complete picture of their operating statistics using multiple data points. This information will help limit unnecessary idling time (and save large amounts of often wasted money) by bringing to light not only those moments on non-production, but the effect they have on equipment and performance. Putting telematics to use and reducing the amount of unnecessary wear will prolong the life of equipment and save construction companies the huge headache of having to replace them long before they should have to.