5 tips for green driving

Purchasing green cars may be a viable option for many business fleets, but what if you are not ready to make the change?

If you have only recently purchased new fleet vehicles, you won't be in a rush to change them again - even for a fuel-efficient hybrid or electric model.

However, you will surely want to encourage your drivers to be as green as possible when on the road. Not only will this limit the effect your business has on the environment and lower its carbon footprint, you can also open the door to greater savings.

Here are five tips for a fleet manager looking to make their business a little more green:

1. Reduce load

Depending on your industry, your drivers may be driving around with vehicles full of goods. These can silently chip away at your fleet's fuel efficiency, as a vehicle has to work noticeably harder to drag around extra weight.

Try to organise your vehicle's load throughout the day to make them as light as possible.

2. Watch your tyres

Underinflated tyres can seriously affect safety, and they can also cause your vehicles to run less economically.

Be sure to follow the manufacturer's guidelines when pumping up tyres and check each one regularly - particularly for vehicles that spend a lot of time on the road.

3. Make regular maintenance

Even small mechanical niggles can dramatically impact fuel consumption. If you don't check your vehicles for mechanical faults, these can quite easily pass under the radar until it's too late.

Fleet maintenance should be scheduled to ensure all vehicles are operating at the peak of efficiency and safety. This quickly pays for itself, not only in reducing expensive fuel costs but by spotting any problems that could cause larger issues further down the line.

4. Car pool when possible

An effective way to cut fuel costs is also one of the simplest: have less vehicles on the road. Even one less vehicle will make a noticeable difference to your fuel expenses, making it a great way to reduce costs immediately.

This might be difficult to manage, but vehicle pooling becomes incredibly easy with the right software. Take a look at Smartfleet's pool booking solution if you would like better control over how many vehicles are running simultaneously.

5. Survey your operations

Identifying problem areas in your fleet makes it easier to make cost-saving decisions. Fixing the wrong issues can cost money and prolong the time it takes to solve the real problems.

Having a complete overview of your entire fleet is a good idea for anyone trying to maximise fuel efficiency, and automated reporting software is on hand to provide just that.

Would you like to encourage green driving in your fleet?