But, do they really live up to their promise or are they just a myth and waste of your money?
We unpack all the truths right here and reveal an actual solution you can trust.
In this article, you will:
Gain insight into fuel-saving devices
Debunk common myths associated with fuel-saving devices
Discover proven methods to saving fuel for your fleet
Understand the importance of effective fuel and fleet management
Learn how Cartrack provides a reliable fuel-saving solution
The obsession over fuel-saver devices
The attraction of fuel-saving devices lies in their promise of effortless fuel savings, and their quick-fix approach to all your fuel challenges. Many consumers who are either sceptical or don’t have the time for traditional fuel efficiency tips, find these ‘miracle’ fuel devices extremely appealing. However, some things aren’t always what they seem.
Truth is, there's no magic pill for improving fuel economy, just hard work partnered with effective fuel and fleet management solutions, so be wary of claims that sound too good to be true.
Do fuel-saving devices actually work?
The simple answer to this is no. Fuel-saver devices generally do not work as advertised and do not provide any significant or measurable improvement in fuel economy. Here are some common myths about fuel-saving devices that have been ineffective:
Myth 1 - Magnetic fuel savers
Starting with the most popular myth, these devices claim to improve fuel economy by aligning fuel molecules using powerful magnets. This claim is based on the idea that aligning the molecules will make them burn more efficiently. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Studies have shown that magnetic fuel savers have no impact on fuel economy.
Myth 2 - Fuel injector cleaners
This claims to remove deposits, prevent new deposits from forming, and enhance vehicle performance from fuel injectors, which they say will improve fuel atomisation and combustion efficiency. However, modern fuel injector systems are designed to keep themselves clean, and fuel injector cleaners only make a difference if used regularly and it all depends on the quality of the cleaner.
Myth 3 - Air intake vortex generators
These devices are designed to create a swirling vortex of air in the engine intake, which they claim will improve combustion efficiency. However, studies have shown that these devices have no measurable impact on fuel economy.
Myth 4 - Engine performance chips
Also known as performance tuners, they are electronic devices that are installed in vehicles onboarding computer systems to alter the engine's computer programming and improve fuel economy and power. However, the effectiveness of these chips has been debated as there is no evidence that these chips work.
Myth 5 - Hydrogen fuel additives
These additives claim to improve fuel efficiency by increasing the amount of hydrogen in the fuel. However, there is no evidence that these additives are effective, and they can even be dangerous if not handled properly.
So, what's the takeaway? While the idea of fast-acting fuel-saving gadgets is tempting, it's often best to stick to the basics — regular maintenance, good driving habits, occasional vehicle servicing and the use of a proven fuel and fleet management system.
What is a fuel-saving device?
Let’s first understand exactly what these devices even are. It is said to help improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions, and optimise engine performance in vehicles. They are often marketed as a way to save money on fuel costs without requiring any additional maintenance or modifications to a vehicle.
The effectiveness of these devices is often debated and despite no proof, some devices may still claim to provide minor improvements in fuel efficiency. It is essential to approach the use of fuel-saver devices with caution and always consider the potential risks and limitations before investing in one for your vehicle.
Fuel-saving solutions that genuinely work
Now that we know what doesn’t work, let's talk about what does. There are several proven methods that you can use that will make a difference in your tank and your fuel costs, such as:
Encourage a fuel-conscious driving style
Adopting smooth and consistent driving practices is key to fuel efficiency. Discourage habits like rapid acceleration and abrupt braking. Instead, promote gradual acceleration, maintaining a steady speed, and minimising unnecessary idling. This not only conserves fuel but also creates a more relaxed driving experience, fostering a safety-conscious culture among your drivers.
Implement proper vehicle maintenance
Make sure you maintain your vehicle by keeping your engine properly tuned, ensuring your tyres are inflated to the recommended tyre pressure, and changing air filters whenever needed. For your cars, depending on the level of care they need, they can undergo interim servicing, full servicing or major servicing. Keeping them in tip-top shape will help you drastically save on fuel consumption.
Efficient route planning is another effective strategy. Plan routes in advance to avoid congested areas and heavy traffic, saving both time and fuel. Leverage navigation apps or devices offering real-time traffic updates for optimal route suggestions. Grouping errands logically minimises travel distance, optimising fuel usage.
Embrace fuel-saving technologies
Advanced fleet management software that uses GPS and telematics systems can automatically capture real-time data on vehicle usage, refuelling patterns, and overall diagnostics, providing insights into water, oil, and engine health. Investing in such technologies is a forward-looking strategy to enhance fuel efficiency. For instance, telematics can reveal patterns in driver behaviour, aiding in targeted training programs to further boost fuel savings.
Benefits of saving every litre of petrol and diesel in your fleet
Every drop of wasted fuel is a loss for your business that adds up over time. Fuel saving is crucial as it offers a range of benefits that can directly impact the bottom line, environmental impact, and overall sustainability of your fleet.
By recognising the various benefits of preventing fuel wastage, fleet managers can optimise fuel consumption, lessen fuel costs, and elevate fleet performance.
Here’s the full list of what your business can gain from saving its fuel resources:
Cost savings: Businesses, particularly those with extensive vehicle fleets, can make substantial savings by adopting fuel-efficient strategies. This directly impacts operational costs, freeing up resources that can be redirected to enhance overall profitability.
Improved fleet productivity: Fuel-saving practices not only cut costs but also enhance overall fleet efficiency. Optimising fuel usage extends vehicle range, reduces downtime, and facilitates better route planning. This results in increased productivity, lower maintenance expenses, and more efficient usage of fleet resources.
Employee safety: Embracing fuel-efficient driving practices promotes safer habits, lowering the risk of accidents and associated costs like insurance premiums and vehicle repairs. This not only ensures a safer work environment but also contributes to a healthier and more productive workforce.
Fleet maintenance: Regular vehicle maintenance is crucial to optimal performance and prevents unexpected breakdowns. By prioritising efficient fuel use, businesses can contribute to extended vehicle life and reduced maintenance costs.
To improve your business’s relationship with fuel and gain the benefits listed above, there is only one fuel-saving solution that is proven and trusted — Cartrack's. Its fleet management solutions can improve your fuel management and save you fuel wastage costs.
Proven fuel-saving habits that Cartrack can provide
Ever thought about getting a fleet management system that actually saves you money?
With Cartrack, you get more than just vehicle tracking – it's like having a personal fuel efficiency coach for your fleet. Cartrack's fleet management solutions play a crucial role in monitoring and enhancing fuel efficiency through several key features:
Cartrack's Delivery tool has a route optimisation feature that incorporates factors such as traffic conditions, route history, road conditions, and fuel consumption data to provide drivers with the most optimal routes. This helps reduce fuel consumption per trip and contributes to a decrease in harmful emissions, resulting in significant fuel cost savings.
Real-time fuel consumption monitoring
Cartrack's fleet management system offers real-time monitoring of fuel consumption through data analytics. Fleet managers gain insights into individual vehicle performance, driver behaviour, and fuel efficiency trends. The MiFleet fuel validation feature further assists in monitoring and analysing fuel consumption data, enabling precise tracking and identification of inefficiencies.
MiFleet for efficient fuel cost savings
MiFleet is a fleet cost management system that assists in monitoring all fleet costs. It analyses fuel consumption data and overall fuel costs. With access to fuel card transactions, Mifleet can automatically cross-reference your fuel transactions with your vehicle’s telemetry data, and flag possible fuel theft risks.
Case study: How Cartrack helped Calgan Recliners save fuel and money
Calgan Recliners is a South African furniture company that specialises in the manufacturing of recliner chairs and lounge suites. They deliver their products to their customers through their factory or various retailers around South Africa.
They were facing a challenge many companies face — high fuel consumption rates. For a company that depends on their deliveries, this is a big issue, so they searched for a solution. Cartrack not only offered smart solutions to solve their problem but also experimented to prove fuel savings were possible with their Delivery tool.
Wayne Sholtz, a Cartrack delivery solutions specialist, tackled one of Calgan’s delivery driver's routes for a day. Shotlz drove from the factory to 15 drop-off points using Cartrack Delivery and its powerful route optimisation tool.
With this, Sholtz completed 167 km, whereas the driver who wasn't using Delivery and route optimisation drove 195 km, showing a massive 28 km difference, which equated to 7 litres of diesel saved in just one day. If used for the whole month, this could save Calgan Recliners a total of around R3000 in diesel costs per vehicle, monthly.
If that’s what we can do for Calgan Recliners in just one day, imagine what we can do for your business's fuel cost challenges.
Get a fuel-saving system that definitely works
There's no need to use unproven fuel-saving tips with Cartrack by your side. Our smart tools and proven features will help your business successfully optimise its fuel usage habits and save money.