Enhancing Fleet Fuel Efficiency Will Help with Environmental Protection

DATE: Dec, 12   COMMENTS: 0   AUTHOR: Allan Azarola

The British government has been doing its part in environmental protection by offering as much as 11.4 billion British pounds to support the cause for the year 2017/2018, according to Statista. However, this can only take the push for environmental conservation so far, and there is so much more that businesses can do to improve it. Well, most people think about using hybrid or electric cars in business fleets as the best way to conserve the environment, but it isn’t always practical.

For instance, if your business already uses regular vehicles, replacing your entire fleet with the alternative might be a stretch, especially considering the cost involved. Luckily, you can do a lot to contribute to the fight for environmental conservation without changing your vehicles, and it trickles down to how you manage your fleet. As long as you can commit to fuel-efficient fleet management strategies, you can not only help conserve the environment but also cut the cost of fuel for your business.

Here are some thoughtful insights into fuel-efficient fleet management:

Focus On Driver Training

Certain aspects of how your fleet drivers drive may have a huge effect on the amount of fuel you use as a business. Factors such as over speeding, braking abruptly and even driving carelessly could easily increase your cost of fuel. Sadly, your drivers might not even know that their driving behaviours have such a negative effect on the fuel efficiency of your fleet. The trick is to monitor your drivers’ behaviours and schedule training sessions that are meant to correct these behaviours. 

Ideally, the training sessions should be at the beginning of their tenure with your business, at regular intervals, such as after every two months, or once there are changes in driving regulations. In case you offer drivers driving training from scratch, focus on courses that will increase their safety as well as fuel efficiency. Luckily, some modern-day courses allow you to fast track driver training, cutting the training period to just a few weeks. Choose courses such as defensive driving to improve safety and fuel efficiency.

Optimize Your Driving Routes

Among the best ways to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle is to use driving routes that will demand the least fuel. This means avoiding routes that have high traffic levels, those whose terrain is rough or those that will lead to the vehicles remaining idle most of the time. Achieving this will trickle down to how well you understand the routes your vehicles take.

For instance, it might be wise to avoid a high-traffic route during rush hour to both save fuel and time. Also, you should ensure that you use the least number of vehicles to complete a project. In case a project can be completed by using a single truck, it is safer to use this truck instead of four vans- as long as you can find the best route for the project.

Proper Fleet Maintenance

A simple problem, such as low-pressure tires, could easily eat into the fuel efficiency of your fleet. Focus on preventative maintenance strategies that will improve the fuel economy of your fleet. Ideally, you should ensure that you have a maintenance schedule and stick to it. In case you use additives for preventative maintenance or to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicles, be sure to research on whether they will be effective enough for use.

Provide Drivers with Incentives

Environmental conservation is a great cause, but it might not be enticing enough to keep drivers committed to it. Look for incentives that will make drivers want to increase the fuel efficiency of your fleet. You can monitor their driving using telematics devices to identify those who are following the expectations. 

For the outstanding drivers, offering them bonuses- or even recognizing them publicly- might be a great incentive for the rest. As for those who underperform, use this data to craft ad hoc training programs.

Conclusion

Fuel efficient fleet management will provide a lot of benefits for your business other than making it environmental-friendly. You can cut costs, improve the image of your business, and comply with environmental regulations. Consider the tips above to make your fleet fuel-efficient.

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