Fuel Myth

Fuel Saver Device Myths Busted – Why They Don’t Really Work

Fuel card fraud is a big headache for fleet managers. It leads to massive financial losses and costly operational disruptions.

If you’re starting to notice fuel transactions that don’t align with your employees’ fuel card usage, now might be a good time to look into it before things get out of control. 

Ready to tackle fuel card fraud and discover your ultimate fuel card management solution?

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. 

Most of these devices are based on unfounded scientific claims or use ineffective methods to supposedly improve fuel efficiency. Many are ineffective or even harmful to vehicles. Before purchasing a fuel-saver device, it is important to conduct thorough research and consult with experts to verify its safety and efficacy. 

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.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Route planning

    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.
  4. 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.
  • Environmental impact: Fuel-efficient practices directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with the growing demand for eco-friendly initiatives from consumers and investors. The impact of fuel efficiency extends beyond a company’s operations to influence the entire supply chain. Collaborating with suppliers and prioritising fuel efficiency further reduces environmental impact.
  • 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.

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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:

Route optimisation

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.

Vehicle maintenance alerts

Cartrack provides preventative maintenance alerts, notifying fleet managers of scheduled maintenance and inspections. Timely addressing of these issues helps prevent fuel-consuming problems, such as engine misfires, ensuring vehicles maintain peak efficiency and avoid unnecessary downtime.

Driver training and fleet incentive program

Recognising the pivotal role of drivers in fuel efficiency, fleet managers can implement comprehensive training programs. These programs cover driving techniques contributing to fuel savings, such as smooth acceleration and reduced idle time. Cartrack’s performance monitoring, including driver scorecards, aids in assessing each driver’s performance, enabling targeted training and incentive programs to promote fuel-conscious driving habits.

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.

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