Apr 4, 2012



Millions of vehicles are on the road everyday, which most companies view as an indicator of profitability and in many cases it is.  But what happens when those vehicles are idling? Profitability is decreasing because idling is directly hitting your bottom line – which makes understanding idling time and managing it a crucial component to your fleet’s operations.

Idling Defined: Vehicle idling occurs when a vehicle is left running unnecessarily while stopped.

The Importance of Idle Reduction

You may be asking why have we dedicated a blog series on vehicle and fleet idling, the answer is simple – idling is costing you in more ways than you can imagine.

The three most significant areas are fuel consumption, carbon emissions and the health of your drivers.

Vehicle idling has a direct impact on your bottom line.  You can incur a significant amount of cost in avoidable fuel usage from idling. Idling for one hour can use up as much as a gallon of fuel.  Idling also increases your maintenance costs for general wear and tear.

Vehicle idling increases your carbon footprint.  Burning fuel unnecessarily uses up natural resources and increases emissions, which affects the environment.

A fleet’s vehicle left idling has a number of negative health implications as well.  One of the fundamental components of gasoline is carcinogenic, as well as other chemicals that can damage lung tissue, lower the body’s resistance to respiratory infection and worsen chronic lung diseases such as asthma.

With Roadnet, a leading provider of vehicle routing and scheduling software, we want to help you better manage idling time to help you address the negative impact that vehicle idling is having on your fleet, and business.  You will benefit from managing idling in the following areas:

  • More efficient fuel use for cost savings
  • Reduced vehicle and equipment wear and service needs
  • A safer working environment for employees
  • Improved air quality

Look for next week’s blog on Idle Reducing Best Practices!

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