These tips will save you money on fuel, improve your fuel consumption and will reduce the number of miles you put on your vehicle.
1. Get a Fuel Card (we would say that obviously!)
But just look at the benefits of fuel cards…..
It might seem easy to just keep using credit cards or cash to keep paying for fuel, and then process the receipts from your drivers. But fuel cards offer a range of benefits for you and your drivers.
The main fuel card benefits are:
• A simple payment solution for drivers – they don’t have to pay upfront for fuel, or worry about keeping receipts, as all transactions are recorded online.
• Powerful online management and reporting tools – you will be able to view all your transactions through fuel management software. You can run reports on drivers, vehicles, regions or departments so that you can understand how your money is being spent, and how you can save.
• PIN Security – set PIN access for your cards so only your staff can use them.
• Control – you can also specify what drivers can buy with the card, including extras such as car washes and goods.
• Easy payment and VAT approved invoices – make one payment by direct debit and receive a convenient electronic bill. You will be able to view all your transactions, and receive an HMRC approved invoice. No more processing multiple payments and paying expenses; just one easy bill.
• A huge choice of networks and fuel companies – you can select from a range of cards, to pick a network of filling stations that suits your company. Whether you travel mainly by motorway, locally, or within Europe there is something to suit you.
• Potential cost savings – cards offer different options for prices. You can pay competitive pump prices or benefit from weekly fixed prices, depending on your fleet. By planning journeys and understanding your spending you can look for ways to save money and take advantage of the best prices.
The benefits of fuel cards are applicable to companies large and small, and with all types of fleets. You reduce your administration and the time you spend processing payments, and your drivers have a convenient way to pay for fuel.
Fuel cards are highly secure, easy to use and give your business powerful information about fuel consumption. The benefits of fuel cards are clear, and with no joining fees and or hidden charges there is no reason not to use them.
For more detailed information read our guide called, Seven Success Tips For Choosing The Right Fuel Card For Your Business.
2. Air up your tyres to the maximum recommended pressure each month.
Tyre air pressure is measured in psi. For every psi below the maximum recommended pressure that any one of your tyres falls, you’re losing 0.125% of your fuel efficiency. So, if all of your tyres are 8 psi low, you’re losing 4% efficiency just because of air. Your 25 mpg car becomes a 24 mpg car just because you haven’t aired up the tyres lately. Since airing up your tyres is free at many gas stations and it only takes a few minutes, you should take the time once a month or so to air your tyres up.
3. Minimize every little bit of acceleration and brake usage.
Every time you accelerate your car, your engine starts burning more fuel, and the harder you accelerate, the more fuel you burn. Every time you touch your brake, you’re compensating for too much acceleration earlier on or you’re ensuring that you’re going to have to accelerate more soon, which takes you back to more acceleration. Instead, accelerate slowly out of stops and break as little as possible.
4. Familiarize yourself with petrol prices along your route.
Which petrol station along your route consistently has the lowest prices? Watch the stations along your route and continually compare them. Often, you’ll find that a station or two tends to have lower prices than others along your journey.
5. Minimize your heater and air con usage.
Both of these burn fuel. Simply get your car’s internal temperature to something tolerable and turn it off. If it’s hot out, roll down the windows and use air motion to bring the car’s temperature down before using the air to lower it further.
6. Use your journey home for reasonable errands along the route.
If you know you’re going to need some specific item when you get home, incorporate it into your journey. That way, once you’re home, there’s no reason to waste the fuel to drive out again. I used to find that a Post-It note stuck on my dashboard in the morning was a perfect reminder.
7. Get rid of any and all extra weight in your vehicle.
If you are storing any items in your vehicle that aren’t necessary for the trip, take them out. Your fuel efficiency gets worse with every extra pound that your car is carrying. Take anything and everything extra out of your vehicle. (Remember, of course, that safety equipment, particularly in winter, is not an extra – it’s essential.)
8. Use the cheap fuel.
Read your manual and find out what kind of fuel is recommended for your car. Most of the time, the manual suggests regular fuel and, if it does, that’s what you should be using. There is very little advantage to the premium fuel – what little there is does not add up to the cost difference for a car that runs fine on regular fuel.
9. Get your oil changed regularly and use the type recommended in your car manual.
Fresh oil keeps your engine properly lubricated, minimizing the work that the parts have to do in order to provide the power needed to run your car. Old oil causes the parts to run with less efficiency. Thus, if you want to minimize your fuel use (and prolong the life of your vehicle), get oil changes according to the manufacturer’s schedule.
10. Replace your air filter according to your maintenance schedule.
Change your vehicles air filter on a regular basis to boost the fuel efficiency of your car. Change the filter according to the recommendations of the filter manufacturer.
Keep on top of these things and you’ll get more miles for your money.
Did you know we can save you a guaranteed 3 pence per litre on diesel pump prices when using one of our fuel cards? Visit www.forecourtfuelcards.co.uk for more information.