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Energy Department Raises Diesel, Gasoline Price Forecasts

Expected prices for trucking’s primary fuel as well as for gasoline have been revised higher, due largely to anticipated higher prices for crude oil, according to a new Energy Department report.

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Diesel, Gasoline Prices Expected to Jump Less This Year

The outlook for national average on-highway diesel prices is for them to be higher this year and in 2019 than they were last year and in 2016, but they should at least be fairly stable during this time, according to the latest Short Term Energy Outlook from the U.S. Energy Department.

Forecast Is for Fuel Prices to Remain Low for the Foreseeable Future -- Maybe Longer

Conventional wisdom in the fleet market is often wrong. If we roll back the calendar, the conventional wisdom about fuel prices was that there would be ebbs and flows in price per gallon rates, but the overall price trajectory would trend upward. The flaw with conventional wisdom is that it only works when no new variables are inserted into future projections. A case in point is the shale oil revolution, which now has experts predicting oil prices will remain flat for the foreseeable future.

Tips for Controlling Fuel Costs

Fuel management is an area of fleet operations that fleet managers have to keep an eye on constantly. A variety of products and technologies are available to fleet managers that can help control this second-highest fleet cost.

Flat Fuel Prices Forecast to Extend Through 2016

Lower prices for gasoline and diesel have been a welcome relief for fleets, in some cases, reducing operating costs by 25-30 percent. While the past three years have been heaven-sent for the fleet industry overall, it has had a dramatic impact on fleets operated by energy companies, which are scrambling to cut costs to offset the decline in oil prices. The unfortunate fact of life is that one person’s fortune is sometimes another’s misfortune.

Will Fuel Overtake Depreciation to Become the No.1 Fleet Expense?

The recent breathtaking increase in gasoline and diesel prices gives us a reality check as to how quickly fuel can dramatically increase fleet operating expenses. With fuel prices at a near all-time high and ongoing strong resale values decreasing depreciation costs, will fuel costs overtake depreciation as the No. 1 fleet expense in 2012, as it almost did in 2006?