Gasoline prices are high and there is no sense that they are likely to decrease anytime soon. How can your agency keep fuel costs down? Sometimes the agency can make agreements to get discounts on fuel by paying fuel charges as they are incurred or by paying an invoice within 30 days. Even one or two cents off per gallon can make a big difference over time. Fuel provided by a local independent dealer may also be less expensive than a national brand.
Agencies can use smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles for some patrol uses. Vehicles used in dense urban areas really don’t need to be able to drive 100 miles per hour since the roads are narrow and the traffic heavy. Agencies should have a mixture of vehicles, faster, larger vehicles where they are appropriate and smaller, more economic vehicles where they are appropriate. Agencies don’t necessarily have to have all vehicles able to transport prisoners; agencies can use a paddy wagon when prisoner transport is needed.
Individual vehicles should be kept in proper tune, and all their fluids need to be filled to the proper level. Agencies should have people who are responsible for checking fluids at least five days a week, at least, and if not, the fluids should be checked at the beginning of every shift and replenished as needed. Tire air pressure and tire tread should be checked at least weekly to insure good mileage and safety. When driving, officers can avoid jackrabbit starts and excessive speed when not necessary for effective patrol. Saving your agency money by saving fuel can save jobs at your agency; that’s what the SGT Says.