Dangers of Idling

Ever since a diesel engine company representative advised people to warm up their engine for a better driving experience before taking off on the road it has become the norm. Following the remark; everyone started idling for extended periods of time, especially the long-haul truck drivers made a habit out of sitting in their seats and warming up their engines for tens of minutes at a time. This could all be justified if there was any truth behind it but modern-day engines do not require to be “warmed up” or need any preparation at all. On the contrary, auto experts tell people to drive off immediately once they start their vehicle because idling exacts a heavy toll on all types of vehicles.


Fleet companies are the first step to reduce idling. With millions of vehicles of varying sizes on the roads, these businesses experience idling more often than anyone else. For most fleets, drivers are skilled, honest people looking to make a decent living but like all companies, there are troublemakers. While it is common for fleet drivers to remain idle for a few minutes, some drivers tend to leave their trucks idle for lunch breaks or even overnight when they are resting. Back in the day, fleet owners and managers had very few tools to supervise their operation and idling was almost impossible to detect without the right equipment.

Whether you have 10 or 100 vehicles, maintenance is always a massive expense. If you add idling-related engine failures, this cost can increase exponentially. That is why is crucial to detect drivers exhibiting such behavior and put a stop to them in the early stages. Many fleet managers adopted GPS management systems into their systems to keep tracking of their vehicles so they can spot idling drivers. Fleet management systems provide all the necessary data to identify and eliminate idling and lower the operational costs. Idling can lead to massive fuel waste, malfunctioning vehicles, and pollution. It is important to get ahead of the issue and put a stop to idling.



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