Managing Your Vehicle’s Fuel Costs
Managing Your Vehicle’s Fuel Costs.
After a six-month collapse on the prices of fuel, UK pump prices are on the rise again. The price of crude oil is pegged at around $60 but because of an increased overseas demand for petrol and a seemingly weaker exchange rate. The fluctuating price of petrol is a chain reaction on the irregular price of crude oil. The subsequent effect for consumers and businesses is directed towards an unreliable petrol cost projection. As a consequence, business owners must take extra actions to better control their fleet petrol overhead expenses.
We all know that the cost of petrol is an important concern and can directly increase the cost of running a van. So here are some tips to help businesses in managing vehicles’ fuel costs and improve fuel efficiency of a vehicle or a fleet.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Do you regularly inspect your vehicle? Doing so will not only ensure road safety for you and your driver but will also guarantee better mileage for the vehicle, which translates to lower and more efficient fuel consumption. Regular inspection entails air and fuel filters change, checking the vehicle’s tyre pressure, replenishing lubricant, draining the water separators after bleeding the fuel system and more. For safety, you should also check lights, brakes, steering and possible structural rust. You should also check the van’s level of engine oil, coolant and windscreen washing bottle are according to the van’s manufacturer’s specification.
The heavier the vehicle’s load, the more wind resistance there is, which translates to more fuel consumption. You should start to avoid carrying unwarranted cargo and clear your vehicle from unnecessary accessories such as flags, bull bars, customized rear bumpers and the likes to make your vehicle more aerodynamic. What little you save will impact your profit margin in a year.
Opt for a Newer Van
Or run a younger fleet if such is the case. New vehicles are more fuel efficient so running a fleet of newer vehicles will save you on fuel consumption. There are business owners who opt to upgrade their vehicles rather than get a younger vehicle. It is best to consider the cost of vehicle upgrading against the possible amount of fuel money saved from opting for a newer or younger vehicle. Newer vehicles will definitely minimize downtime, improve service and reliability.
A badly-trained driver will surely increase the fuel consumption of a van. It is important to train drivers for more fuel-efficient driving practices. Some fuel-efficient driving practices include pressing the accelerator gently and gradually. A “pedal to metal” type wastes petrol. A rule of thumb for a fuel-efficient driving is to take 5 seconds to speed-up your vehicle up to 15mph from a full stop. Try to keep the speed smooth and steady as dips in speed and spurts in acceleration increase fuel consumption by 20%. Harsh braking, stop-start driving, speeding over 50mph and over-using the air conditioning are factors that can increase fuel consumption.
Managing Your Vehicle’s Fuel Costs: Observing these simple tips will vastly improve your vehicle’s or fleet’s fuel-efficiency. If you use your van for servicing and deliveries, it is best to plan routes to make the most of every trip.
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