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Posted by Graeme Corner

Clients and customers favour companies and businesses which implement environmentally friendly practices in their daily working lives. This could include cutting out electricity wastage, avoiding using paper as much and recycling in the workplace.

However, for a fleet company, the top consumption is fuel and the more fuel a business uses and wastes, the more of a negative effect it has on our natural surroundings. Nevertheless, with a few tweaks and some quick training, your fleet will be able to brace the roads in a much eco-friendlier way.

More in Use, More in Demand

Using less fuel means it becomes less in demand, much like the direct correlation between electricity and power plants. If people need more electricity, because they’ve less on the lights for too long in an office or forgot to switch off electric equipment like computers, then statistically, it looks like the world needs more electricity than we already have. That means power plants have to produce more energy and give off more dangerous emissions into the air. Similarly, if the demand for fuel is less, because people aren’t over-using or wasting, then less oil will be collected.

Where Does Fuel Come From?

60% of harmful emissions are directly from the burning of fossil fuels, which we use in our daily lives to fuel our vehicles and heat up our buildings. We rely on fossil fuels for transportation and the running of our businesses. Many people try to cycle to work or walk instead of driving or taking public transport to do their bit for the environment, however, with a fleet company, where the job role’s main responsibility is driving, then this kind of change in behaviour is impossible.

Nevertheless, there are still steps your fleet drivers and company can do, that will reduce the amount of fuel you use and lessen your impact on the environment from the negative effect of fossil fuel burning.

Education

One of the best ways to cut down on fuel is by advising your fleet drivers on the harm wasting fuel actually does to the environment. Telling your drivers to change their driving behaviour is one thing but educating and advising is another. You could even offer rewards for drivers who cut down their fuel usage at the end of every month.

Driving Behaviour

Your fleet drivers are responsible for your fuel output – the more they use, the more they need. There are lots of bad habits that can be eliminated from a driver’s behaviour that can reduce fuel consumption. These include excessive speeding, which can be dangerous anyway, harsh acceleration and hard braking and unnecessary engine idling. Leaving your engine running when you aren’t in the car wastes fuel unnecessary. If a driver is stopping at a construction site, even if they are only leaving their car for a minute, they should switch the engine off.

Check the Car

You should also make sure your fleet’s vehicles are all serviced properly, to make sure they are working as efficiently as they can.

Lastly, you could consider making your fleet go electric, or at least hybrid, and reduce the need for fuel altogether.

What next?

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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 ….