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14 Fuel Saving Tips for your Business Fleet

August 2017

It's simple: saving fuel ultimately saves you and your business money. Small improvements, here and there, in fuel efficiency might not seem like they would make much of a difference, but when that slight improvement is scaled over a large number of vehicles across the business, the results could add up to a big saving on the company fuel bill.

We've compiled our top 14 fuel saving tips to help you save. By following these tips you could realise savings of up to 25% on fuel consumption. This equates to thousands of pounds in savings for some fleets (and we know because we've done this for clients), on your annual fuel bill.

1. Tyre pressure

If your tyres are under inflated by just 1psi, fuel efficiency can be reduced by up to 3%. So check tyres once a week or whenever you fill up to save fuel and money for the business.

2. Check air filters

Car engines are pretty robust but they still need protection from impurities to work efficiently. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve fuel economy by up to 10%.

3. Service your engine

A dirty engine increases fuel consumption. Start by changing worn out spark plugs and reduce consumption by up to 5%.

4. Avoid high speeds

The faster you go, the more wind resistance you encounter. This forces your car to consume more fuel just to maintain that speed. As little as 5mph less can affect fuel economy by up to 23%. Driving at 60mph uses up to 9% less fuel than driving at 70mph.

5. Smooth braking

Braking smoothly and taking advantage of engine braking to slow you down can reduce fuel consumption by 60%.

6. Avoid over-revving

Sending your rev counter into the red isn't good (although very tempting for some). So change gear in good time when you pull away or when accelerating.

7. Read the road ahead

Pre-empting whether you need to slow down or speed up can reduce burning extra fuel needlessly.

8. Remove items

Removing things such as roof racks or camp chairs etc. when they're not needed, could reduce fuel consumption by 5%. For every extra 45kg you carry in your car, your fuel efficiency can drop by 1-2%.

9. Air-con

Don't unnecessarily use this. It puts added strain on your engine, which in turn increases fuel consumption by up to 8%. Try using your car's internal ventilation system instead.

10. Cleaner running

Many premium fuels contain detergent formulas that help to remove the build-up of carbon within your vehicle's engine. These deposits stop your engine from working as efficiently as it should. Keep it clean; see an increase of up to 10% in mpg, and you'll likely have fewer maintenance issues too.

11. Diary management

This is a must for business efficiency and time management too, but don't take unnecessary trips. Combining journeys where possible is the easiest way to conserve fuel.

12. Consider fuel cards

Make sure you get the right ones. Some fuel cards only provide pump priced cards. Some also provide fixed weekly priced cards. You get one price each week, and that's what you'll pay at every station accepted by your card in the UK (we can advise if need be). They give you an easy way to manage fuel purchases as well reduced admin processing with one weekly invoice.

13. Use the correct oil

Using your car manufacturers' recommended motor oil can improve fuel economy by 1-2%.

14. Finally.......

Make sure your fuel cap is properly screwed on after every fill up. Get this wrong and you're effectively letting your money evaporate.

"Many premium fuels contain detergent formulas that help to remove the build-up of carbon within your vehicle's engine. These deposits stop your engine from working as efficiently as it should. Keep it clean; see an increase of up to 10% in mpg, and you'll likely have fewer maintenance issues too. "