Guide to eco driving
Improving fuel economy by adjusting your driving style doesn’t just help reduce operational costs, it can also help improve road safety and lessen the environmental impact of driving.
As a fleet driver, it’s likely you’re already an experienced motorist, and yet it’s worth reminding yourself of the best ways to conserve fuel. The following changes will help make your driving style more eco-friendly.
Plan your journey
Planning your journey ahead of time will ensure you take the most efficient route to your destination. Check weather conditions and traffic updates before setting off, and adjust your journey if your original route is affected. Journey planning is especially helpful when you’re unfamiliar with the route.
You can improve fuel consumption by accelerating and braking more gently. To develop this habit, give yourself plenty of distance between you and the car in front and try to anticipate the road ahead. This way you can ease off the accelerator and coast instead of braking sharply.
Limit stops and starts
Constantly stopping and starting your vehicle in traffic calls for greater fuel consumption. To avoid this, keep an eye out on the road ahead and try to anticipate the movement of traffic. This gives you a chance to adjust your speed accordingly, instead of having to halt and restart your vehicle.
Cut down on idling
Keeping the engine running while your vehicle is stationary wastes fuel. Many modern vehicles come equipped with ‘stop-start’ technology, which automatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt.
However, if your vehicle doesn’t have this technology built in, consider switching off your engine when it comes to a stop, as long as it’s safe to do so (for example, in a driveway).