If you have a fleet of vehicles on the road, you know just how costly this can be to manage. Aside from usual running costs, maintenance and insurance bills, your fuel bills are likely to be quite significant also, which is why it pays to make sure your vehicles are as efficient as they can be. As we supply road fuels nationwide to customers as part of our fleet fuel service, we know just how important it is to make sure everything with your company fleet runs smoothly, which is why we’re put together these tips on how to improve the fuel efficiency of your fleet so that you can be confident that you’re getting the most from your fuel spend each time.
- Check your tyre pressure before a journey
If you drive daily in your company vehicle, you should get into the habit of checking the tyre pressure regularly, along with other safety checks like brake lights and mirrors. Under-inflated tyres wear out more quickly, and also increase your fuel consumption by increasing rolling resistance, so save money on fuel and new tyres by checking the owner’s manual for the correct tyre pressure for your particular vehicle.
- Multi-task with careful journey planning
Having an itinerary with a list of drop off points clustered together can help you make more of your fuel if you group deliveries in the same area altogether. Cut down on the back and forth to customers with a schedule and multi-task where you can so that you cut down on the number of trips required too.
- Avoiding rush hour when you can
No one likes to waste time sitting in a traffic jam, but it’s even more annoying when you know you’re just wasting money on fuel by not going anywhere. There are cases of course where it will be unavoidable, but offering the option to have flexible working hours (if appropriate) so your drivers can start early or finish later to cut down on the amount of time spent idling in traffic will help improve the fuel efficiency of your fleet.
- Maintain your car or van
Keeping your car or van in good condition is another easy tip for improving the fuel efficiency of your company car. Have it serviced regularly to spot things that will impact on its performance, such as poor wheel alignment, dirty filters, old oil and a poorly-tuned engine.
- Cut down on excess weight
The more you’re carrying around in your vehicle, the more fuel you’re wasting to transport it unnecessarily. Stop and think about the materials and tools you need for each job you’re going to and remove anything that just adds more weight. Similarly, you should remove any roof racks that you aren’t using as this increases your drag and in turn your fuel consumption.
- Keeping your speed even
Revving your engine, letting your car ‘warm up’, excessive acceleration and braking – these all contribute to wasted fuel, and therefore wasted money. Once you’ve reached an efficient speed this constant pace will help you stop wasting energy, and if your vehicle has a cruise control setting this can really help you keep this in check.