Waste-hauling fleets can reduce fuel consumption by up to 13.9% by engaging in fuel-efficient, eco-driving best practices, according to a newly released study by SmartDrive Systems, a provider of driving intelligence solutions.
The study evaluated 193 waste-hauling trucks and drivers in multiple US locations to assess the effect of driving performance on fuel consumption and the impact of eco-driving training and in-vehicle instant feedback on improving fuel economy.
Data on the drivers’ performance was collected through SmartDrive sensors and recorders, then analyzed and scorecards were provided to drivers. After the control period and training, instant feedback on driving maneuvers and idling gave drivers the ability to adjust driving performance as it occurred.
Post-training performance was measured, showing substantial reductions in the number and severity of hard accelerations, hard braking and hard turns.
The study found that within two months, the top 25% of drivers improved their fuel economy from 2.52 mpg to 2.87 mpg, or 13.9%.