Reducing your fuel consumption is easier than you might think once you know how to do it.
With petrol prices having risen by 21.15% over the past 10 years*, frequent visits to the pumps are frustrating for all drivers. For businesses with multiple vehicles, the necessary evil of regularly filling up your tanks has a huge impact on your bottom line which is why it’s important you ensure your vehicles and routes are set up to ensure you are achieving the best fuel economy.
We have compiled some tips below which will help you to lower your fuel expenditure.
Carrying unnecessary weight in your vehicle contributes massively to increased fuel usage, particularly during acceleration. In fact, for every 45 kilograms of weight in your vehicle, your fuel economy can fall by up to 2 percent.
Small things like cleaning out the waste from the back of your van can make a big difference. Also, try planning ahead and considering which tools you need jobs during the day ahead. If there are tools or equipment you don’t need, try leaving them at home, at your office or your workshop.
To achieve optimum fuel economy, it is important to ensure your vehicle is aerodynamic as possible, especially during longer journeys and motorway driving.
Unused equipment causes drag and make your vehicle work harder when accelerating. Reduce drag by removing unused equipment on your external racking or detach the racking altogether if it isn’t used regularly.
Ensuring your vehicles operate with the correct tyre pressure reduces rolling resistance. According to Michelin, a car tyre that is underinflated by just 15% can cause a staggering 6% increase in fuel consumption.
The average van in the UK travels approximately 12,811 miles per year. Using this figure to put this into perspective, running five Ford Transit RWDs with underinflated tyres would cost an additional £720 per year!
Your vehicle will achieve the best fuel economy when the engine is warm. Where possible, plan your jobs to be completed in one round trip rather than making several short journeys. The more short journeys you do, the longer your engine spends in a cold or partially warmed-up state.
*Figures from the RAC Foundation