It is all well and good providing your employees with the most energy efficient company car that your business can afford, but if they do not know how to drive in a sensible manner then all of the cost savings that you hope to make will not be achievable. Today we will focus here brief information about energy efficient driving.
The marketplace has hundreds of suitable cars which promise excellent miles per gallon figures and low CO2 emissions. However, how should these vehicles be driven in order to get the most out of them?
As well as cutting the amount of fuel you use by changing your driving technique you will be able to reduce the wear and tear on your car – giving you more time on the road and less in the garage waiting for your motor to be fixed.
Gear changing is one of the main areas where energy efficient driving can be achieved – shifting to a higher gear as soon as possible means that the engine will be operating at lower speeds and therefore consuming less fuel.
It is advised that gears should be changed up between 2,000 and 2,500rpm.
Motorists should be anticipating what is ahead of them in order to avoid accidents, but this tactic can also come in handy when it comes to saving fuel. By looking ahead of you on the road you can try to avoid any heavy braking or accelerating – for instance if you can see the traffic lights are turning to red, then start slowing down gradually and well in advance.
Switching off the engine
Some motors already have technology on board which shuts off the engine when in neutral gear, which comes in handy when stuck in a traffic jam, at a red light or behind a train crossing barrier.
However, most models do not have this fuel-saving function – but that does not mean that you cannot replicate the same tactic when safe to do so.
Modern cars use hardly any fuel when they are re-started, so therefore if you know you are going to be idle for a few minutes, switch the car off to save your petrol and the environment.
Close windows at 60mph or more
We’ve been spoilt with a fantastic summer in Britain this summer, and the sight of motorists with their windows down to allow cool air into the car is a common sight.
While this is fine to do at low speeds, if you get to 60mph and above you should close your windows to avoid creating an aerodynamic drag. This will in effect add greater weight to your car and make your engine do more work – thus using more petrol.
Carrying out regular checks on your motor can help it maintain its best levels of efficiency. These include keeping the oil topped up, while also treating your car to a full change so that the liquid is as clean as possible.
Ensuring that tyres are at the right pressure is also important, as under-inflated wheels are not only dangerous but increase fuel consumption.