Improving fuel economy by changing your driving style doesn’t just help reduce operational costs; it can improve road safety and reduce the environmental impact of driving.
As a fleet driver, it’s likely you’re already an experienced motorist, but it’s worth reminding yourself of the best ways to conserve fuel.
Plan your journey
Planning your journey ahead of time ensures that you’ll know 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 gently accelerating and braking. To develop this habit, give yourself plenty of distance between you and the car in front, also try to anticipate the road ahead. This way, you can ease off the accelerator and coast instead of braking harshly.
Limit stops and starts
Constantly stopping and starting your vehicle in traffic means greater fuel consumption. To avoid this, keep an eye out on the road ahead and try to anticipate traffic movement. This gives you time to adjust your speed accordingly instead of stopping and starting 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 built-in technology, consider switching off your engine when it comes to a stop, as long as it’s safe.