Monday, October 24, 2011

SmartDrive Study Finds Eco-Driving Improves Fuel Economy 22% in Commercial Transportation Fleets



Study Identified Fuel-Wasting Maneuvers and How to Change Them

SAN DIEGO, Oct 17, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SmartDrive Systems, a leader in fleet safety and operational efficiency, today announced the results of its Commercial Transportation Fuel Efficiency Study at the American Trucking Association's Management Conference and Exhibition in Grapevine, TX. The findings reveal that commercial fleets can reduce fuel consumption on average as much as 22%, saving more than $12,500 per vehicle annually, by engaging in fuel-efficient, eco-driving best practices.

"With the volatility of fuel prices, reducing fuel consumption is increasingly important in controlling operating expenses for commercial transportation fleets," noted SmartDrive President Jason Palmer. "Our study documented a significant opportunity to increase fuel efficiency by addressing the 80% of fuel waste that can be improved through softer driving. The study also shows that training and real-time in-cab feedback combine to dramatically lower the incidence of wasteful maneuvers."

The study evaluated 695 tractor-trailers, heavy-duty trucks and drivers in multiple U.S. locations to assess the effect of driving performance on fuel consumption and the impact of training and in-vehicle instant feedback on improving fuel economy. Study data was compiled by SmartDrive sensors and recorders, then analyzed and training recommendations provided. Real-time in-vehicle feedback on driving maneuvers and idling gave drivers the ability to adjust driving performance as it happened. Post-training performance was measured showing substantial reductions in the number and severity of hard accelerations, hard decelerations and hard turns.

"Within two months, the top 25% of drivers improved their fuel economy from 5.92MPG to 7.98MPG, or 22%. That's a real savings that any commercial fleet operator would appreciate," Palmer added.

For a copy of the SmartDrive Commercial Transportation Fuel Efficiency Study, please visit booth 340 at the ATA Conference, or download it at www.smartdrive.net .

About SmartDrive Systems

SmartDrive delivers innovative solutions that make it easy to improve driver safety and reduce operating cost. SmartDrive records comprehensive video-based data from the road, then thoroughly reviews and scores critical events and recommends action for fleet managers to quickly respond and deliver sustainable savings - all through an easy-to-use managed service. Commercial transportation fleets using SmartDrive solutions include Buzzuto's, Linfox, Roadstar, Verst, Lynch, Angelica, Reyes Holdings. The company has compiled the world's largest storehouse - more than 34 million events - of real-time, risky-driving incidents. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego, CA, and employs over 375 people worldwide. For more information, please visit www.smartdrive.net .

SOURCE: SmartDrive Systems

SmartDrive Media Relations
Jim White, 619-955-6430
jim.white@smartdrive.net





Copyright Business Wire 2011

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