EPA report shows fuel economy continues to increase

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its annual Fuel Economy Trends survey that studies efficiency in vehicles used across the country, indicating that vehicles with higher miles-per-gallon rates are cutting company costs. When combined with route software, these savings can be even more significant. Research showed cars and trucks used substantially less fuel in 2012 than they had in previous years, which is helping consumers, large transportation companies and small fleets limit their expenses on the road. 

Companies enjoying better fuel efficiency 
The report revealed fuel economy increased by 16 percent from 2007 to 2012, and last year vehicles likely saw a 1.4 mpg increase in efficiency. The EPA projects vehicles will average 23.8 mpg in 2012, which could mean benefits for businesses and consumers. An increase in fuel economy results in reduced pollution. The report indicates carbon dioxide emissions were cut by 13 percent as a result of more fuel-efficient vehicles. Drivers spend less time fueling and more time on the road, a critical factor for companies trying to move drivers from one location to another as quickly as possible. 

"Today's report shows that we are making strides toward saving families money at the pump, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and cleaning up the air we breathe," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "The historic steps taken by the Obama administration to improve fuel economy and reduce our dependence on foreign oil are accelerating this progress, will spur economic growth and will create high-quality domestic jobs in cutting edge industries across America."

Limiting expenses further 
Companies that want to further limit their fuel costs and save valuable time can do more than replace their older fleets with new, gas-efficient models. Management teams can use vehicle routing software to help them determine the most logical routes for drivers, resulting in limited fuel waste and lower operating expenses over the long term. 

Route optimization software can do more than help slash gas and diesel costs, as it can also promote efficiency and help drivers perform pick-ups and deliveries in a more timely fashion. Drivers making stops around an area or regionally recognize the need to take the most efficient route possible.