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Booster Blog Post: True Cost of Fueling

Take a deep dive into every aspect of our landmark study, including the impacts of time, distance and frequency on the True Cost of Fueling over five blog entries.



The True Cost of Fueling

Take a deep dive into every aspect of our landmark study, including the impacts of time, distance and frequency on the True Cost of Fueling over five blog entries.




Revealing new research by Geotab, one of the largest telematics companies in the world, has unearthed data about the impact of out-of-route detours and time spent at the gas station on businesses.


Everyone knows trips to the gas station take only 5 or 10 minutes. But Geotab’s freshly-collected data indicate that a gas station stop actually tacks on more than 20 minutes to each vehicle trip.


An additional week’s paid vacation for every employee


The reality is that 20 minutes spent fueling is 20 minutes spent not actively working toward company goals, both short- and long-term. Depending on your industry, that’s one more lawn mowed, 2-3 additional packages delivered, another house call, sales call or new estimate sent. Twenty minutes spent fueling is 20 minutes not spent on essential job functions, like extra safety and sanitation measures, especially relevant in times like COVID-19.


That time spent fueling adds up to more than 31 hours per year, per employee. That’s not just a small trip. That’s almost a week’s paid vacation for that employee.


So how do we sidestep the inefficiency caused by the time suck of getting gas from the gas station? Simple. A mobile fueler like Booster Fuels removes the trip to the gas station altogether by delivering fuel to your vehicles directly from the wholesaler.


It cuts the paid downtime to get to the gas station to zero. For a deeper explanation of the research and its implications on your business, have a look at our ebook here.


But if you’re Interested in learning more about how mobile fueling might be able to help you reclaim efficiency, productivity and profitability, email me. Let’s talk about how Booster can help you capitalize on this opportunity today.








How much time does it take to go to the gas station? New data examining over 14 million trips shows us that gas station stops are further away than we think.


Depending on where you conduct business, the impacts of time and mileage for trips to the gas station can be more than you think or way more than you think. This distance adds unnecessary vehicle wear and tear and increases CO₂ emissions.



Using Fuel to Get Fuel

You’ve gotta spend money to make money, right? The same is true for burning gas to get gas.But just how much of an effect do average trips to the gas station have? Based on a compilation of multiple data sources, every truck in your fleet burns over 13 gallons of fuel every year just to fill up.



Wear and Tear

Depreciation is one of the biggest factors in calculating the true cost of vehicle ownership. According to Geotab’s study, in a cross section of top US markets, drivers travel an average of 17 additional miles per month off route. That's more than 200 extra miles of wear and tear on any given fleet vehicle annually. To put that in perspective, that’s like traveling the distance between Earth and the International Space Station.


Sustainability

Every trip to the gas station also pumps around 3.5 pounds of CO₂ into the atmosphere, causing a brownish grey haze and smog over our cities. In addition, that distance traveled opens your drivers up to contributing to the surprising total of fuel spillage at gas stations across the US: researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that consumers spill an average 40 gallons per year. ​


Every trip to the gas station releases around three pounds of CO into the atmosphere, causing a brownish grey haze and smog over our cities. A fleet of just 15 vehicles contributes almost two tons of CO₂ into the atmosphere every year. It may seem like an impossible task to reduce wear and tear on vehicles and promote sustainability because at first glance, stopping at the gas station seems vital for business. Planning ahead and strategically choosing gas stations along routes will instantly pare down on any vehicle’s wear and tear.


Unfortunately, this doesn’t dampen the environmental impact. To address environmental concerns, employees may undergo training for cleaner filling protocols with fleet safety classes. The most radical option to boost sustainability is to entirely replace a diesel or gas fleet for an electric one. This would eliminate trips to the gas station and have an immediate and positive impact on the environment.




But if switching to an entirely electric fleet is not a viable option, there’s another way to both immediately erase additional vehicle wear and tear and reduce CO₂ emissions. On-demand mobile fueling services offered by companies such as Booster Fuels provide fuel delivery in 100%carbon-neutral mini tankers, direct from the wholesaler to the customer. Doing so cuts the traditional dirty supply chain — which is how much of the pollution actually takes place — in half. The result is the guarantee that company vehicles arealways fueled with fewer wear and tear miles added to fleet vehicle depreciation.


For a deeper explanation of the research and its implications on your business, have a look at our ebook here. But if you’re Interested in learning more about how mobile fueling might be able to help you reclaim efficiency, productivity and profitability, email me. Let’s talk about how Booster can help you capitalize on this opportunity today.










Revealing new research by Geotab, one of the largest telematics companies in the world, has unearthed data about the impact of out-of-route detours and time spent at the gas station on businesses.


It shows that drivers go to the gas station more than they should.

Refilling your buffet plate after you only

eat half.


The Geotab study found that 85% of vehicles have a ½ tank of fuel when drivers stop for gas. This means that drivers are stopping too frequently to fill their tanks. Imagine going to a buffet and filling your plate. After eating only a small portion of the food, you go back to fill up your plate again. That doesn’t sound very efficient, does it?


You could ask your drivers to wait. But that may not always be convenient for them. The most sensible solution might be doing business with a mobile fueler like Booster Fuels. It removes the trip to the gas station altogether by delivering fuel to your vehicles directly from the wholesaler. All of those concerns about frequency are no longer concerns.


For a deeper explanation of the research and its implications on your business, have a look at our ebook here.


But if you’re Interested in learning more about how mobile fueling might be able to help you reclaim efficiency, productivity and profitability, email me. Let’s talk about how Booster can help you capitalize on this opportunity today.










Some of the hidden costs of going to the gas station that many fleet operators don’t take into account involve employee fraud or crimes committed against their employees.



According to the Shell Oil Company’s “Fraud Matters” report, over half of U.S. Fleet managers think fraud relating to fuel and fuel cards is a significant issue. Additionally, 38% of U.S. fleet drivers admit they’ve seen another driver act fraudulently at work. Trips to the gas station could also expose employees to the potential for crime: physical harm and credit card skimming. According to Visa®, new technologies have made it much easier for thieves to skim credit cards at places like gas stations*. The U.S. Secret Service finds about 30 skimming devices every week at gas pumps, with each device holding the information of about 80 cards.



So, how much are companies losing when employees have their gas card skimmed or make the mistake of using their card to purchase snacks or fill non-company vehicles? According to multiple AAA studies, a fleet with 15 vehicles loses an average of $1,000 every year to fraud of various types. Business owners are effectively withdrawing more than a thousand dollars of hard-earned money and putting it on their doorstep with a sign that says, “Free!”


To reduce the incidents of fraud and crimes related to credit cards and fueling, managers could resolve to put a tighter focus on controlling fraud. But lack of time, driver awareness and financial resources are the biggest barriers to effectively curbing fraudulent spending.


To completely eradicate fraud related to going to the gas station and to gain complete transparency and control over fueling payments, consider taking fuel cards completely off the table and switching to mobile fuel delivery. Leading mobile fueler Booster Fuels offers secure billing that seamlessly aligns with many existing fueling card accounts, like Wex, Comdata and Voyager. This puts account safety into the hands of our secure platform and takes the allure of “free gas” out of the hands of employees altogether.


For a deeper explanation of the research and its implications on your business, have a look at our ebook here. But if you’re Interested in learning more about how mobile fueling might be able to help you reclaim efficiency, productivity and profitability, email me. Let’s talk about how Booster can help you capitalize on this opportunity today.










According to multiple studies, the True Cost of Fueling is significantly higher than we previously thought. Drivers are spending more time at the gas station, traveling longer distances and are exposed to potential fraud, danger and health risks. When we add environmental impact, trips to the gas station are just too costly to be a modern company’s fueling solution. ​


Fortunately, other fueling solutions are available. Operators can implement a few small changes that may yield improved efficiency and modest cost savings.


At the same time, there’s a sure-fire way to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of off-route travel: a mobile fueling service. Considering an experienced mobile fueler like Booster Fuels can greatly improve efficiency and completely eliminate the almost $9,000 in off-route costs per year.




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The experts at Booster Fuels can help you capitalize on this opportunity to supercharge your business’s efficiency and productivity today.



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