Ever wondered why you have to refuel one of your vehicles more times than the others? There are two significant reasons for regular fuelling trips. Either your vehicle is old and requires proper servicing or the man behind the wheels is not an efficient driver. In both cases, fuel consumption rises considerably. If there are no issues with your vehicles, a change in the driving behaviour of your fleet drivers will help to improve fuel consumption.
Optimising the efficiency of your fleet and cutting down unwanted costs is a top priority for every fleet manager, especially in our current predicament. One easy way to achieve this is by encouraging your drivers to complete their journeys without consuming more fuel. We recommend five good driving behaviours which will ensure more mileage for less fuel:
Checking the tyre pressure
If your vehicle requires more juice even when carrying light cargo, we suggest your driver starts by checking the tyre pressure of the carrier. Makes sure that the pressure is within the manufacturers’ recommended unit. Doing so helps your vehicles to move with ease. It reduces the load on the engine and thereby helps in saving a lot of fuel.
Avoid aggressive driving
Want to get higher mileage from your vehicle? Gradual acceleration and braking is the answer to adding more kilometres for less fuel. Aggressive acceleration and sudden braking results in an overworked engine that consumes more fuel. To maintain your fleet’s fuel efficiency, encourage your drivers to maintain a steady speed through the journey. Monitoring and being mindful of individual driving behaviour by tracking the acceleration and braking habits can slowly help improve.
Don’t let the vehicle idle
Keeping your vehicle running even after you have stopped, for more than a minute consumes much fuel. Modern engines shut off and restart in case of idling. Encourage your fleet drivers to practice turning off the engine if the vehicle is not moving for more than a minute, instead of letting it run during the wait. It will help in reducing fuel consumption.
In city driving which often requires waiting at traffic signals for longer durations are great examples of idling which leads to burning more fuel.
Drive in the highest gear
When driving non-automatic vehicles, your drivers may prefer driving their vehicles in lower gears as it increases available power while reducing speed. However, for a more fuel-efficient drive, they must operate in higher gears. This is because the engines have to work more vigorously in the lower gears and functions smoothly in higher ones, consuming less fuel in the process.
Not resting their foot on the brake pedal
Often drivers have the habit of resting their idle foot on the brake pedal. This is harmful to the vehicle and also increases the consumption of fuel. The slightest pressure puts ‘mechanical drag’ on components, wearing them down prematurely. This “dragging” also demands additional fuel.
As life slowly goes back to normalcy post the pandemic, it is time to prepare your fleet to be efficient and effective. If optimising your fleet is your priority right now, investing in a telematics device like Intelematics Connect – which can help you track and keep an extensive record of your vehicle’s internal health, would be a good idea. Connect enables you to track the location of your fleet and monitor your drivers from a single dashboard. Connect’s eco-score feature gives drivers an overview of their driving behaviour and provides your drivers with the tool to track and monitor the performance of their vehicles and how best they can improve their driving behaviour. Your drivers are more likely to better their driving habits if they have a positive feedback mechanism. Fleet managers can use this eco-score, based on a driver’s acceleration, idling, and braking response, to gamify the entire driving experience of your fleet drivers. The score can be used to reward good driving behaviour at the company level, thereby encouraging optimised driving.
Empower your fleet and its drivers to pack in more run for your money.