Efficient Driving

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Save money – and help the environment

Efficient Driving techniques are useful for fleets for two reasons. Firstly, it reduces exhaust emissions – good news for everybody.

Secondly, it could also help save as much as a quarter of your fleet’s fuel bill every year. Which is good news for your business. 

Top 10 tips for Efficient Driving

1. Keep tyres road fit

Under-inflated tyres are a drag – literally. Engines have to work harder to compensate, consuming more fuel and upping your fleet’s forecourt bill.

2. Keep vehicles in good shape

If it’s not properly looked after, a vehicle’s unlikely to perform at its best. To prevent using more fuel and producing more emissions than necessary, make sure you have your fleet serviced regularly.

3. Lose the roof box

External fixings such as a roof box and bike racks increase aerodynamic drag and lead to higher fuel consumption. If your drivers aren’t using them, ask they’re removed.

4. Cut down on air conditioning

A vehicle’s air conditioning unit draws its power from the engine. This increases its workload and uses more fuel – so ask your drivers to forgo the air con whenever they can.

5. Lose excess weight

Carrying unnecessary items in a vehicle means the engine has to work harder and use more fuel when accelerating, particularly when stop-start driving.

6. Reduce stop-start driving

Remind your drivers to anticipate traffic conditions ahead, so they can accelerate smoothly and ease off earlier. Lifting right off the accelerator when you’re in gear turns off the injectors completely, using no fuel at all.

7. Don’t idle

Idling consumes fuel even when a vehicle’s going nowhere. For longer periods, and if it’s safe, ask your drivers to switch off and stop fuel consumption and emissions completely.

8. Avoid hard acceleration

Under high engine loads and speeds, an engine operates less efficiently. Steady acceleration and changing into a higher gear earlier reduces fuel consumption.

9. Avoid short runs

Short journeys use more fuel to warm up a cold engine. The exhaust catalyst is also less efficient when cold and less effective at reducing emissions.

10. Use high quality fuel

In the long run, a high quality fuel such as BP Ultimate keeps your fleet’s engines at their peak of fitness and can give you more miles per tank.