In recent weeks the global cost price of fuel has been rising so we have put together what we consider to be our top 5 tip to help you maximise fuel usage.
Let’s get started…
- Encourage more economical driving. You can ask your drivers to accelerate smoothly and avoid harsh breaking, this can be achieved by drivers being more aware of their surroundings. It is advisable to change up early and always stick to the speed limit, or drive lower. Driving at 70mph uses 9% more fuel than driving at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph, this is according to research by the AA. Through achieving more economical driving you can maximise fuel usage and reduce your costs.
- Our second tip is to prepare your vehicles in advance of your journey. There are some very simply steps that can have a big impact. Remove any heavy items you don’t need from your vehicle, for example, roof racks. You should avoid using devices such as air conditioning and rear window demisting unless required. Checking your tyre pressure can also make an impact.
- The vast majority of businesses don’t know how much fuel they use, either by driver or vehicle. You can become aware of this information by putting in place a monitoring system. The easiest way to implement this is by purchasing your fuel using fuel cards. You will receive access to data that breaks down fuel usage per fuel card, driver and vehicle over a chosen date range. We provide our customers with free and unlimited access to Velocity, an industry leading fuel management system.
- Once you have access to the data you then need to analyse it. You will be able to identify the drivers and vehicles that use the most fuel and put measures in place to improve performance.
- The single largest factor affecting fuel usage is driver behaviour. We have found that there can be a disparity of fuel usage of more than 30% between drivers that are employed by the same company or drive the same routes. If your vehicles are installed with Telematics, let your drivers know that they are being monitored. Or you can identify the drivers using the most fuel and provide them with training to help improve their performance.