Make your Businesses Fuel go further
Originally published on April 27, 2016
With the price of fuel slowly creeping up again, operating a cost-effective and efficient fleet can be a hard task. Fuelmate has put together some simple suggestions, some of which you might not realise could make your fuel go that little bit further.
Change gears sensibly
Try to shift to a higher gear as quickly and safely as you can. The AA website suggests changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000 rpm in a diesel car or around 2,500 rpm in a petrol car.
Check your tyre pressure
If you are carrying more weight in your car than normal, check your car handbook and increase the pressure of the tyres to compensate for this. If you are going on a long journey, it’s always advisable to check your tyre pressure to make sure they are inflated to the manufacture’s recommended pressure.
Making sure that you accelerate gently and read the road for any situations that could cause excessive breaking, can reduce your fuel consumption.
Avoid the air-con
Using the air-con in your car when you are travelling at a slower speed can increase fuel consumption, so try to open windows instead.
Get your car serviced
Make sure your car is in tip-top condition, with all the internal parts cleaned and in working order, to help maintain the engines efficiency.
Slow it down
If you can get away with driving slower, you could save a massive amount of fuel. The AA state that driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph. Cruising at 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph.
Try anti-dirt Ultimate Fuel
BP has recently launched a new Ultimate Diesel that features ACTIVE technology, their best ever dirt-busting fuel for diesel engines. It can help to remove dirt in the engine, stop it coming back and keep your engine running smoothly and efficiently to help reduce the risk of unplanned maintenance or breakdowns.
We hope these handy tips will help you increase your fuel consumption and in turn reduce the amount of Co2 emissions leaked into the atmosphere.