Eco driving for fleet managers brings about pressures associated with rising fuel costs, congestion and the need to reduce environmental impacts. Fleet managers are challenged with implementing sustainable fleet management practices that contribute to environmental targets and reduce transport costs. A sustainably managed fleet can:
- Minimise fuel costs and optimise carbon dioxide (CO2) based tax liabilities
- Adopt efficient journey planning techniques to reduce mileage, minimise exposure to congestion and make more efficient use of company transport
- Adopt new, low emission, vehicle technologies and fuels that are most appropriate for individual business needs
- Reduce accidents and associated risks and costs through improved driver performance, and provide a safer fleet as part of health and safety responsibilities
- Support corporate sustainability goals, for example, under ISO 14001 and other environmental reporting requirements
- Provide a competitive edge by demonstrating environment credentials in a market where these are becoming increasingly important to clients
In the last decades, engine technology and performance of cars has improved rapidly, while most drivers have not adapted their driving style. Fuel consumption can vary by up to 45% on the same route depending on how you drive regardless of the engine type, fuel and laden weight. By following our Eco Driving Tips you can save money and reduce your emissions on all your car journeys.
The Ten Golden Rules are as Follows:
1. Plan your journeys.
Plan your journeys to avoid peak periods, road works and getting lost – you will have a more relaxing journey and will waste less fuel.
2. Drive smoothly
Try to avoid harsh acceleration and braking – pulling away too fast can use up 60% more fuel.
3. Traffic jams
If you are stuck in a traffic jam for more than a couple of minutes, turn off the engine to cut exhaust emissions and conserve fuel.
4. Change gear efficiently.
Change gear at 1500 to 2500 rpm can save up to 15% on fuel – and reduce emissions by the same amount.
5. Avoid short journeys.
Short journeys on a cold engine use up to twice as much fuel as a warmed up engine – producing more pollution.
6. Limit your speed.
Optimise your fuel consumption, reduce your emissions and avoid speeding fines by observing the speed limit.
Look ahead and anticipate the road conditions and other people’s actions – this reduces the need for hard braking and acceleration.
8. Keep you cool.
Using air vents rather than opening windows can reduce fuel consumption by 4%, while air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by up to 2 litres per 100km.
9. Don’t Rev
Avoid revving the engine unnecessarily – this wastes fuel and increases harmful emissions.
10. Tyre Pressures
Keep tyres properly inflated as low tyre pressure is a safety risk and wastes fuel. For correct tyre pressure (according to loading, highest pressure and speed driven), check with your vehicles manual.
However, please keep in mind that Eco driving cannot be learned properly when drivers just try to follow some tips listed, but in order to achieve considerable effects, drivers should also attend an Eco driving training course delivered by a qualified driving instructor. Such training may consist of a theoretical part but also include practical driving on public roads.
WinFlotte can advise you on a variety of training requirements and the use of fleet management practices and functionality to achieve Eco driving efficiency. For more information about how Winflotte could help you manage Eco driving, please contact us.