The world of fleet driving is no exception. Running a fleet of vehicles at a business or public sector organisation can be a costly experience. Therefore it is important for fleet managers and finance directors to look for savings anywhere they can.
It is true that many of the associated costs of running a fleet are simply unavoidable – however, there is one area in particular where real savings can be made, with relatively little or no outlay: fuel efficient driving.
Fuel efficient driving techniques are not perhaps the most exciting or headline-grabbing way to boost fleet performance but they do actuallywork. With a little training, it is possible to boost driver efficiency by up to 10% – that’s a figure that can lead to significant savings when added up across an entire fleet.
Although there is no substitute for undergoing professionally delivered efficient driver training, below you’ll find some tips which may help to get more miles per gallon – stretching your fleet budget and boosting environmental performance in the process:
Plan your journey – it almost goes without saying, but knowing where you’re going (and not driving around aimlessly for miles and miles) is a great first step in reducing fuel consumption.
Lighten up – removing any unnecessary equipment from the vehicle before setting off helps to lighten the load and boost fuel efficiency.
Take it easy – driving smoothly helps to boost the miles per gallon you’ll get, so no harsh acceleration or braking. Setting off on a journey in plenty of time makes this easier to do.
Stick to the limit – alongside the legal and safety implications of speeding, there is also a knock-on effect for fuel efficiency. The faster you go, the more fuel you use. According to the AA, driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph. Cruising at 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph.
Shift up early – try and shift to a higher gear between 2,000 – 2,500 RPM.
Switch it off – turning off the air conditioning helps to reduce fuel consumption.
Although perhaps no silver bullet for those organisations looking to cut costs and cut back, these tips really can help to reduce fleet fuel bills and cut carbon emissions. They’re easy to implement, so why not give them a try?