Every fleet manager is under pressure to save costs. With fuel being a major cost, it makes sense to reduce consumption – without reducing performance. A recent survey of Australian fleet managers found that around 55% percent of them said their organisation monitors fuel consumption ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ closely. 47% reported that they were aware of their vehicle’s official fuel figures.
Interestingly, 86% of fleet managers reported that actual fuel consumption ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ closely matched official claimed figures. From the remainder, 60 percent said they didn’t believe official figures could be replicated in the ‘real world’, and 33 percent said company staff were not driving efficiently.
Save fuel – do this.
If saving fuel is high on your priority list, and purchasing a Hybrid vehicle is not yet a viable option, then you may like to consider this:
- A Canadian study estimates that many fleets could achieve a 10% fuel economy improvement through driver training and monitoring
- A study for the European Commission estimates that incorporating an annual one-day driver training course into a trucking operation will improve fuel efficiency by 5%.
- Two fleets in Canada documented the impact of driver training and found fuel efficiency improvements of 18 and 20%.
Well-trained drivers can reduce fuel consumption by applying a number of simple techniques, usually learnt at Driver Training including:
- Driving at the lowest engine speed possible.
- Using cruise control where appropriate.
- Braking and accelerating smoothly and gradually.
- Coasting wherever possible.
- Limiting unnecessary idling.