Companies employ the need for fleet management for the simple reason of saving resources such as time, effort and money. However, even if it is properly executed, there are still some points to remember in order for you to save further.
Keep track of your maintenance schedules
A vehicle’s fuel efficiency is maximised through proper and regular maintenance. Unaligned wheels that oppose each other waste fuel. The air filter should be kept clean; otherwise it will clog the engine’s air supply, causing a higher fuel-to-air ratio increasing your gasoline consumption.
Refrain from driving aggressively
If your driver or employees are fans of driving the company car in an aggressive way, there is a tendency that the car components will wear quickly especially your brakes and tires. Avoid weaving through traffic aggressively.
You may want to encourage carpooling among your employees through an incentive program. If you have a handful of employees going to the same work location or site, have them take one vehicle instead of driving separately. This will not only save time and fuel but it can also promote camaraderie among them.
Maximise the vehicle’s aerodynamics
By keeping the windows rolled up, it allows air to flow over the body, rather than drawing it inside the cabin thus slowing down the vehicle. A wide-open window especially at highway speeds increases the aerodynamic drag. Aerodynamic drag causes a 10% decrease in fuel economy. If you want fresh air, switch the climate system on “outside air” option and “vent” and slide the window just enough for additional ventilation.
Make your drivers “energy warriors”
Everyone is aware of the green rule of thumb. The question is whether you practice it or not. Similar to turning off the lights and home appliances when not in use, company drivers should practice energy saving habits as well. Set a date for proper training for this. Give proper incentive whenever they reach your energy conservation goals.
Observe posted speed limits and avoid buying premium fuel
Not only will you save fuel, you will also save a life. Research shows that there is an estimated 10 to 15% fuel efficiency improvement by driving 50 mph instead of 65 mph. Don’t buy high-octane gas just because the advertisement said “premium” performance unless the vehicle specifically requires it. Octane has nothing do with gasoline performance. You could cut as much as 10 cents per gallon by using regular fuel instead of premium.
Clean and eliminate unnecessary weight
Vehicles get better mileage when they are not loaded with unnecessary weight. Most drivers fill the trunk with non-required items such as unneeded tools and materials. It is important to remember that every 200 lbs. of additional weight trims one mile off of fuel efficiency. Remove these tools so you get the most out of your fuel and vehicle.
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