It’s that time of year when I review my KPI’s (Key Point Indicators) that I’ve tracked each month.  At the end of each month, I tally up the following:

  • Miles driven
  • Revenue
  • Revenue per mile
  • Average fuel cost
  • Average fuel mileage
  • Fuel cost per mile
  • Cost to operate
  • Profit
  • National Fuel Price Average
  • Nights away from home

Throughout the year, I am focused on the day to day operations and refining the processes involved in being a successful trucking company.  At the end of the month, I review the KPI’s to make sure I’m hitting my mileage goals and trying to meet my revenue goals.

At the end of the year, I have a much bigger view of the data spread across 12 months of varying market conditions, weather challenges and fuel price swings.  After I calculated my KPI averages for 2017, I discovered some interesting things: 

  • My revenue per mile increased .02 from 2016, but still down from 2015
  • My fuel cost per mile for the year averaged at .31
  • My fuel mileage average for the year was 7.7 mpg

Start 2018 off right by maintaining good records and tracking the important metrics in your trucking business each month.  Remember, that which gets measured gets improved.


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