Managing Pickup Fleet Costs

Fuel-Efficient Fleet Management


Now more than ever, fleet managers are looking for ways to reduce fuel cost. Consequently, they are also creating more sustainable work environments.

Here’s what Richard Johnson at Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies recommends:

Making Smart Vehicle Choices. There are several ways to manage fleet costs, but all start with the vehicle.Using compact or midsize pickup trucks rather than large trucks and vans can greatly reduce your gas bill.

Alternative vehicle choices are often used in a companies sustainability initiative.

Making wise engine choices is another; research mpg numbers and compare ROI on alternative fuel engines, and compare performance of diesel vs gasoline options, even in the 1/2-tons.

If you are using service bodies, think lighter alternatives.

For example, The Durashell 170 by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies (pictured below) will reduce your fuel cost and your environmental footprint.


Light - Weight Transferable Service Body Durashell 170 Light-Weight Transferable Truck Body


Monitoring Driving Behaviors. Drivers can use methods such as eliminating fast starts and avoiding excessive idling in order to reduce fuel consumption as much as 19 percent.

Apps for smartphones are available to find the cheapest gas, which can sometimes be a difference of 20-30 cents.

Modifying the way you drive is a small, cost-free change that will save you money.

Acquire the Right Equipment. â€śRightsizing” is a method that will help you pay less in both the acquisition cost of a vehicle and fuel cost.

Most 3/4 and 1/2 ton trucks can usually get the job done just as well as a 1-ton pickup.

Pickups generally have a lower life-cycle cost than comparable vans, especially the four-wheel drive versions.

Acquiring the right truck for the job will help you avoid unnecessary costs and financing alternatives can help improve cash flow.

It is also important to find the right size service body for your pickup. has a Fit Guide that allows you to match up your truck to different slip-on utility bodies.