Are you doing enough to control your fuel spend?

20/04/2018

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Keep fuel costs down for your business

Are you doing enough to control your fuel spend?

As a fleet manager, it’s up to you to ensure that your fleet is as fuel efficient as possible in order to keep fuel costs down for your business.

There are lots of ways you can drive down fuel spend in your business. Here we look at just a few of the ways you can help your business save money when it comes to your fleet.

Look at vehicle size

Not only should you be assessing the size of your fleet to ensure you’re running the right number of vehicles, you should also check the size of each vehicle. Firstly, you don’t want to be running extra vehicles that aren’t needed, as this is an unnecessary fuel cost. See if you can afford to reduce the size of your fleet and watch the savings roll in. If you can’t cut the size of your fleet, see if you can cut the size of your vehicles. This works both ways, either growing or reducing your vehicle size. If you’re using a car that is too small for the needs of your business, upgrading to a larger vehicle will help reduce fuel costs as it will be built to withstand the weight. On the other hand, if your car is too large for its purpose, you’re likely to be overspending on fuel to keep it running.

Route planning

We’ve spoken before about the effectiveness of route planning, but it really is something your fleet should be considering. Route planning puts you on the front foot for fuel expenditure as you’re able to map out where your fleets are going and estimate fuel costs ahead of time. With petrol prices fluctuating between filling stations, knowing where the best filling stations near your routes can help reel in savings. It also helps drivers become more fuel efficient, helping create fuel savings.

Driver awareness

Educating your drivers so that they’re driving efficiently is a great way to reduce savings and also invest in your drivers. You can’t expect your drivers to be on the front foot and driving down costs if they’re not armed with the tools to know how to do so. Whether it’s part of the onboarding process or ad-hoc sessions that happen when needed, ensuring your drivers know what they can do to reduce fuel costs will help you see a saving.

Preventative maintenance

Ensuring your vehicles are in good running order can have a massive impact on fuel savings. We’ve written an article full of ongoing maintenance advice, however, there are certain things that are of the utmost importance for fuel savings. One of the most important things you should be regularly keeping an eye on is your fleets tyres. Underinflated tyres consume a lot more fuel than properly inflated tyres.

Get a fuel card

The benefits of a fuel card for your business is extremely high when you’re trying to reduce fuel costs. Not only do your drivers have peace of mind on fuel spending, you’re also able to monitor your drivers spending and reduce your admin time. With a fuelGenie business fuel card, you’ll save on fuel thanks to our low-cost supermarket prices, no added fees and up to 45 days free credit. Simply allow your drivers to fill up at any Tesco, Morrisons or Sainsbury’s filling station and get them on their way. Our card also prevents overpriced motorway spending charges.

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