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A key element to managing fuel use efficiently is successfully engaging drivers into the culture and concept of efficiency. Drivers can have highly efficient vehicles, but still drive and maintain them poorly, which has an adverse impact on their fuel economy.
Amongst the practical steps available to organisations include highlighting to employees the cost of driving inefficiently and possibly providing incentives for those who return the best economy each month. Fuel re-imbursement methods and rates should also be set at a level which doesn't encourage unnecessary journeys.
Employees should be suitably trained to use their vehicles. This is especially important for commercial vehicles or where new technologies are utilised. Eco-driving is also commonly available and in many cases has been proven to reduce driver's fuel consumption, more than covering the cost of being trained, whilst not impacting on the drivers ability to do the same amount of work.
Where there are specific targets in place then these should be effectively communicated to drivers. On-going communications both in terms of driver advisory notices and incentives to improve fuel economy performance can help to embed the culture of efficiency within the organisation.
The journey is when the fuel is actually used. Reducing mileage can be a first step
Could any meeting be covered using a conference call or video conference instead of the need to travel? New technologies such as net meetings also help avoid additional journeys. The use of public transport such as trains, trams and busses can help to reduce mileage. The logistics of planning multiple meetings in a similar geographical location can impact massively on unnecessary mileage and can reduce the overall business mileage travelled.
Where meetings are necessary, journey planning is essential. Journeys where possible should be planned outside of rush hour and avoid congestion hot spots. Travelling one junction further along the motorway to an exit can often use less fuel even though the distance may be a bit further.
In all conditions drivers should drive smoothly changing gear at the appropriate time whilst avoiding harsh breaking. Vehicles should avoid idling, short trips and air conditioning should be turned off where necessary. Open windows in urban low speed areas are far more cost effective than using air-con constantly.
Call us on 0800 881 8021 to discuss how we can help you reduce your running costs. Our eco-driving assessments cost less than £1 per driver.