Often the best way to drive home a business case is to back it up with stats and for fuel efficient driving, the stats are nothing short of staggering.
The Energy Saving Trust estimates most fleets can save up to 15% in fuel costs as a result of implementing fuel efficient driving policies.
More than half (55%) of all businesses which use telematics highlighted fuel costs as one of the major benefits in the RAC’s Telematics Report 2016 whilst 43% also cited fewer collisions and 49% experienced a reduction in speeding incidents and fines.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to make a difference is to encourage drivers to adopt more consistent levels of speed.
The Trust illustrates this graphically highlighting how fuel efficiency drops by as much as 27% for a large diesel van when travelling at 75mph compared to 60 mph. Even for petrol and diesel powered vehicles (1400-2000cc, Euro 5) fuel efficiency drops by 12.8% and 17.7% respectively.
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Research by insurance company Direct Line found drivers who braked and accelerated excessively spend £560 more on fuel each year. The study, which analysed 319,000 journeys made by 2,000 drivers, found that smoother drivers were able to reduce their visits to fuel stations from an average of 20 times to 12 a year.
Drivers can also reduce fuel consumption by 5% when turning off their air conditioning when it isn’t necessary according to ADEME France.
UK motorists waste £246 million a year by running cars on under-inflated tyres, according to Michelin. The 2015 research found that as many as 62% of vehicles on the road were being driven on under-inflated tyres with more than a third (37%) having one tyre which was ‘dangerously’ under-inflated.
Fuel efficient and safer driving go hand in hand and as well as savings at the fuel pump, a reduction in accident costs and insurance premiums are likely. When the Energy Saving Trust conducted a review of the Carlsberg UK fleet, the company managed to reduce and hold their insurance premiums over a three-year period.