How to keep your fuel consumption down during winter

As weather conditions change, it is important that your driving approach does as well. While safe winter driving is paramount, there is also an opportunity for fleet drivers to ensure that their fuel consumption isn't compromised because of the change in season.

Although it might be tempting for fleet services to bump up the temperature inside the vehicle, it can be particularly costly with the price of fuel today.

Here are some warming tips for fleet services that can keep your costs to a minimum without losing comfort.

Protect your car at night

Mornings during winter can be freezing particularly if the fleet operates in rural or regional areas. If fleet vehicles are left out in the elements, parts of the engine and transmission can create friction which means the car isn't at its peak when you start it and this can decrease fuel economy and reduce its longevity. 

As well as this, idling your vehicle to warm it up is not a good idea. You are wasting fuel and travelling 0 kilometres per hour! It is suggested, rather, to drive a cold car smoothly for 30 seconds to reduce damage to important components. 

Check vehicle tyre pressure

In cooler weather, tyre pressure decreases faster which creates drag and a significant safety issue. It is recommended to perform regular tyre checks as well as your basic safety routine.

Investing in fleet management software can alert fleet managers and drivers to when a vehicle needs a service so the vehicle is always operating at 100 per cent.

Go easy on the heater

Although a toasty-warm vehicle interior is ideal during winter, it isn't always a good idea to constantly have it on full blast. With the windows up, small heater periods will keep the cabin sufficiently warm.

Also keeping luxuries such as seat warmers or window defrosters to a minimum would decrease fuel consumption across the fleet.