11 ways to cut your business fleet costs

Here are some good habits for you and your drivers to help cut the costs  of your business fleets

1) Driving in the wrong gear –
To drive more efficiently don’t rev the engine and change up into a higher gear as soon as it is possible, correct use of gears can save you up to 15% of your fuel bill.

2) Ignoring warning lights –
Many drivers don’t understand the most common dashboard warning lights so while some are gentle reminders of things you need to attend to there are a few that are extremely serious so if one lights up on your dashboard check it out, otherwise you could end up stranded on the road or face expensive repairs.

3) Sudden Braking-.
Constantly slamming on your brakes will wear out your discs and brake pads and increase the likelihood of brake failure. Also use your handbrake on hills. Riding the clutch wastes fuel and dramatically reduces the life of the clutch. With an automatic transmission, use your handbrake, not the accelerator, to hold against an incline

4) Forgetting about your tyres.
Well maintained tyres are essential for safe and economical driving. Check tyre pressures regularly correctly inflated tyres can improve fuel consumption by up to 2%.

6) Driving too fast
The faster you go the greater the fuel consumption and pollution. Driving just 8 km/h over the speed limit can affect fuel consumption by 23% , the most fuel-efficient speed is 75-80 km/h.

7) Be wise about how much fuel you consume
Fuel cards are a must for any business fleet but always shop around for the best deal. iCompario takes the time and effort away from searching across a vast network of local fuel card providers to bring you the best deals no matter where you are based.

8) Carless parking –
Be careful when you are parking not to hit the kerb, as this can knock off your car’s tracking which in turn can cause uneven tyre wear. In a car park try to park away from other cars and keep your valuables well hidden.

9) Stop idling –
The fastest way to waste fuel is to idle and it’s an easy habit to develop particularly when on the phone, doing routine admin or listening to the radio. If there is a stop and start system in your cars ensure your drivers turn off their engine if the car isn’t moving and always switch off their engine if they have to wait longer than 60 seconds.

10) Carrying too much weight around –
Is your car disappearing under the weight of all that office clutter? Clutter in your car is not only an unsightly nuisance but carrying unnecessary items around increases fuel consumption and adds to the wear and tear of your car.

11) Use Telematics
Telematics is an essential way to ensure your drivers are not only taking the most efficient routes but are driving in the most efficient way.  A black box, within the car, monitors how harshly the driver brakes, accelerates and corners and this information determines how much of a risk they pose on the road. As a result, it could help reduce your business car insurance premiums.

 

25th October 2019

Author: wheelsforwomen

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