Most businesses spend far more than they need to on fuel and transport, and as fuel prices continue to rise the pressure to make improvements is growing all the time.
Making Fuel Savings
By addressing fuel use in your business you can significantly reduce your fuel bills, cut your carbon emissions, reduce wear and tear to your vehicles, and improve driver safety at the same time. Depending on the size and location of your fleet, fuel efficiency measures could save you as much as 15% of your fuel bill.
Additional information about smarter driving can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website. The Energy Saving Trust also offer a Fleet Health Check which creates a tailored report outlining where cost savings can be made in your fleet.
Here are some simple changes you can make to the way you manage fuel and transport in your business, to help improve fuel efficiency and cut costs:
- Improve facilities for cyclists (bike racks, showers, lockers) to encourage cycling into the office.
- For those driving into work, give training in driving as efficient driving can reduce fuel consumption by 20%.
- Introduce a ‘cycle to work scheme’ to the company to improve the health of your workforce as well as save fuel – more information can be found on the Cycle Scheme website.
- Encourage the use of public transport or car sharing by staff, to minimise your carbon emissions from travel.
- Minimise mileage by combining loads and finding the shortest routes.
- Avoid carrying unnecessary weight as heavy loads put more strain on a vehicle.
- Keep your speed down to save fuel and check your vehicle manufacturer's guide to find the most fuel-efficient speeds for town and motorway driving.
- Drive smoothly, by avoiding sudden braking or accelerating, and reduce your speed to save fuel.
- Challenge your staff to drive more efficiently by creating a miles per gallon 'leaderboard' to monitor progress.
- Consider homeworking or video-conferencing to reduce the need for business travel.
- Turn off your engine when you’ve stopped for a minute or so to save fuel.
- Ensure that tyre pressures are maintained at the correct level to maximise fuel efficiency.
- Keep air conditioning to a minimum as it increases fuel consumption.
- Close windows and sun-roofs to reduce drag, which reduces your fuel efficiency.
- In the UK, company cars are taxed both on value and emissions, so look for a low-emission model to save on costs.