Posted by Graeme Corner

With the price of fuel always changing, it is important that a fleet manager keeps some degree of control over costs by considering what will improve fuel consumption. Fuel is an unavoidable outgoing for a fleet, but there are things that we can do to reduce your the fuel spend.

Here are some fuel saving tips:

  • Try to avoid traffic jams. When a vehicle is stationary, it takes much more fuel to get moving than is needed to maintain speed. A traffic jam will often require a driver to keep stopping and starting, so it is best that they are avoided in order to save fuel. The likes of a live GPS tracking system will help you steer clear of congestion on the roads.
  • Don’t idle. A second reason that drivers should avoid traffic jams is because people will often leave the car running in the hopes that they will be moving soon. This is known as idling. Not only can idling be punishable with a £50 fine, it’s also terrible for fuel consumption. By simply turning the engine off when a vehicle isn’t moving, a driver can save fuel.
  • Keep track. By using a vehicle tracking system, you can monitor fuel use. These systems are very sophisticated. They allow you to see where you’re using fuel unnecessarily and therefore show you what will improve fuel consumption.
  • Avoid aggressive driving. This means driving at a constant speed rather than accelerating and braking. A car requires more fuel to increase speed than it does to keep it at a constant level.
  • Drive in the highest gear possible. It’s important to listen to the engine and switch to a higher gear as soon as the car is ready, as this will improve fuel consumption. This is because the higher the gear, the more efficient the vehicle is at using fuel.
  • Check tyre pressure regularly. When the tyre pressure is low, a vehicle requires more fuel to move than if the tyres were full. Checking your tyre pressure every week or two is a great fuel saving tip.
  • Drive a more fuel-efficient car. Depending on the reason for your journey and the area that you drive in, there may be more efficient vehicles out there for you to reduce fuel consumption. If you need something in which to whiz down the motorway, then a small diesel vehicle is the most fuel-efficient car for you. However, if you need something with a bit more space, then the likes of the Land Rover Discovery, with its light aluminium frame is a better choice.

Based on mileage per gallon, here are 2017’s most fuel-efficient cars:

  1. Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi 75: 94.5mpg
  2. Peugeot 308 1.6 Blue HDi 120: 91.1mpg
  3. Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi 85PS: 88.3mpg
  4. Nissan Micra 1.5 dCi 90: 88.3mpg
  5. Peugeot 308 SW 1.6 BlueHDi 120: 88.3mpg
  6. Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 90 ECO :88.3mpg
  7. Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 110PS ecoFLEX: 85.6mpg
  8. Citroen C4 Cactus 1.6 BlueHDi 100hp ETG: 83.1mpg
  9. Ford Focus 1.5 TDCi: 83.1mpg
  10. MINI One D hatch: 83.1mpg
Graeme Corner

The majority of my time is spent ensuring that our team delivers simple and cost-effective solutions to our customers that face the challenges of running a fleet of vehicles.
Occasionally I manage to sneak away to enjoy time with family and friends or a quick game of golf ….