With pump prices fluctuating regularly and fuel equating to roughly 30% of the total operating costs of a commercial fleet, businesses should be making fuel efficiency a number one priority.
As technology develops and new innovations come to light, fleets are becoming savvier in how they can become more sustainable. FuelGenie has shared their top tips on how fleet managers can keep costs down to a minimum.
- Tyre check – The first way in which organisations can monitor their fuel consumption more closely, is by keeping a close eye on their tyres. If there is low pressure in the tyres, rolling resistance and waste fuel can increase. Not only does keeping tyres at the optimum pressure improve fuel economy, but also keeps the vehicle operating safely.
- Be fleet smart – Fleet managers should consider how many vehicles they need for their fleet and also which type of vehicles they should opt for. Even though they might seem more expensive to begin with, in the long run the benefits will outweigh this initial cost. Also, businesses should ensure the vehicle is the right size for its purpose. Using a large vehicle to transport smaller items could mean excessive fuel wastage.
- Monitor driving habits – Level of fuel consumption is impacted greatly by driving behaviour. Simple changes to driving such as turning off the engine in long traffic jams, keeping loads to a minimum and changing gear earlier can all help to keep fuel costs down. According to RAC, drivers should try changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000 rpm (diesel) or 2,500 (petrol). However, the best way to increase MPG is through improved driver training and education.
- Telematics – Getting a detailed report of how vehicles are performing can be essential to helping cut down on costs. The data gathered from these systems can be used to improve driving habits, find the most economical route, and ensure all vehicles in the fleet are making the most of the time spent on the road.
- Aerodynamics – One of the more uncommonly known ways of remaining fuel efficient is by making the vehicle more aerodynamic. Wind drag is a key source of reduced fuel mileage. To minimise this, keep the windows rolled up and where possible, look to remove roof racks and choose smoother wheels.
- Pay less – The most obvious solution to keeping fuel costs down would be to pay less for fuel. Partnered with some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets, users can be ensured that they are always paying the best price for their fuel.