Hikes in Petrol / Diesel prices occur so regularly that ways to combat them should be almost second nature to Fleet owners and Haulage Firms.
Here at Forecourt Fuel Cards we know that the latest price rise brings worries for all Driving Businesses, underscoring the urgency of really following up on those money-saving moves this time.
Drivers may are having to take more drastic steps to keep costs down just to conserve the Fuel that they are using.
Short of buying a new vehicle, here are some tips on ways to shave your costs regardless of how high prices climb:
1. Drive slower and smarter
Easing your foot off the accelerator is a guaranteed way to reduce expenses. Every 5 mph you drive over 60 costs you an additional 24p per litre, the Department of Energy estimates. That’s because the faster you go, the more work your engine has to do to propel your vehicle.
The sweet spot for fuel efficiency on the motorway is about 55 mph. But slowing from 70 to 60 can help a lot. Doing so on an average 20-mile motorway commute saves about 1.3 litres of Petrol / Diesel in a five-day work week, according to the A A.
Drive more smoothly around town, too — avoid fast acceleration and quick stops. Aggressive driving can lower a vehicles fuel economy significantly.
2. Reduce idling
Warming up an engine in cold weather is one thing. Letting it idle needlessly outside stores, in slow traffic or at railroad crossings is another. That wastes fuel, costs money and pollutes the air.
Turn the engine off if you will be at a standstill for more than a minute.
While you’re at it, combine errands to conserve fuel. Several short trips from a cold start can consume twice as much Diesel / Petrol as one over the same distance when the engine is warm, according to the Trade Commission.
3. Shop smarter
Smartphones make it easier than in past years to find the best prices in a given location. Websites like WhatGas.com and some GPS devices also help. Apps from AA, MyGas and CheapFuel all can guide you to the cheapest options on your route. Just be wary of ads hawking products that can improve your mileage.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it has tested more than 100 purported Fuel saving products — Fleet Vehicle devices and oil and Petrol / Diesel additives — and found that very few provided any fuel economy benefits. Some can even damage your car’s engine or cause it to spew more exhaust fumes.
4. Do regular maintenance
Keep your vehicle running smoothly to get maximum fuel economy. Stick to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance timeline. Taking the car in for tune-ups based on the owner’s manual’s timetable can improve mileage by an average of 4 percent, according to the Energy Department.
A simple but often overlooked part of maintenance is keeping tires properly inflated and aligned. Under-inflated tires add resistance, requiring more effort from your engine. Using the recommended grade of motor oil also can make a difference.
5. Skip premium fuel
Unless your vehicle absolutely requires premium gas, don’t spend the additional 15 to 30 pence per litre.
Consumer Reports says motorists should not waste money on premium if their owner’s manual says the vehicle takes regular — the car won’t run better. The higher-octane fuel is designed to improve performance.
“In most cases, using a higher-octane Petrol / Diesel than your owner’s manual recommends offers absolutely no benefit,” according to the Trade Commission. “It won’t make your vehicle perform better, go faster, get better mileage or run cleaner.”
An exception would be if your engine starts to knock or ping when using a lower-grade fuel.
6. Use Forecourt Fuel Cards
Forecourt Fuel Cards can cut your costs dramatically; here we explain the uses of the various Fuel Cards that we offer.
You can also you can work out how much money you can save with our Fuel Card Calculator.
Fuel Cards • Forecourt Fuels are already helping businesses throughout the UK save thousands of Pounds on their vehicles’ running costs. Our range of Fuel Cards allow you circumvent the seemingly ever-rising costs of fuel by purchasing at the best possible rates from a selection of UK networks.
As well as allowing you to make excellent savings, our Fuel Cards also help you to simplify the process of purchasing your fuel, increasing security, cutting down on administration and providing additional purchase control.
Petrol Cards • Fuel is a large outgoing for many businesses throughout the UK and it seems that the prices rise every day. Forecourt Fuels’ portfolio of petrol cards allows your business to slash these costs while not compromising on the quality of the fuel.
These savings combined with the convenience and improved security they offer makes petrol cards from Forecourt Fuels the ideal investment for your business.
Diesel Cards • As well as offering a range of excellent savings on petrol, Forecourt Fuels also provide a portfolio of diesel cards, allowing your business access to the same great savings and purchasing convenience on high octane fuels.
Thanks to our state of the art online account management service Velocity, managing your petrol or diesel cards account is as simple as can be, allowing you full control at any time of the day or night.
European Fuel Cards • If your drivers regularly travel abroad, our European fuel cards are the ideal way of saving you money and providing the convenience, increased security and lowered administration that we offer from our ranges in the UK.
Accepted at an ever-increasing 800 sites across key transport routes, our Eurofuels European fuel cards provide highly competitive prices and 24 hour a day access to secure service throughout much of the continent.