As a driver of a company vehicle, you will have a huge impact on the fuel efficiency in the company. Although companies themselves can save money on fuel by using things like these BP Fuel cards www.fuelcardservices.com/fuel-cards/bp-fuel-cards/ ultimately it’s the drivers that really make a difference to the fuel efficiency of a company. So what are the main ways that you can make sure that you are driving company vehicles in the most fuel efficient way?
Always make sure that you are in the right state of mind to be driving. This plays a huge part, both in fuel efficiency and road and vehicle safety in general. Being able to make decisions quickly and accurately, use defensive driving skills and being aware of your surroundings are all things that a good driver will do, but will be hampered if you are feeling tired, under the weather or have a lot on your mind.
Doing vehicle inspections daily and thoroughly before taking the vehicle out will allow you to find any faults with the vehicle and potentially avoid a serious or dangerous incident or avoid having the vehicle break down and then need to be recovered – which is a lot more costly than getting it repaired when the fault is spotted at the depot!
Leaving an engine idling is a huge waste of fuel, and you can save a lot if you turn off the engine when making collections or deliveries or are at a standstill and waiting for something. Bear this in mind when out and about, as well as when you get back to the depot.