-2.1 C
New York City
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Home Driving Lessons Motoring Advice Fuel-saving Solution for trucks (part 1)

Fuel-saving Solution for trucks (part 1)

The recent DIESEL price increase in Nigeria has caused worries among fleet operators, especially of vehicles running on diesel.

As recently noted by the CEO of the South Africa-based MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert the trucking industry is the backbone of society.

“Most industries rely on trucks to receive their stock and when the price jumps as drastically as what it has recently, a portion of this is inevitably passed down to the consumer. Trucking operators also need to absorb some of the cost, placing even more pressure on operations.

“As prices continue to rise and uncertainty remains about the future, fleet operators must find ways to reduce their fuel costs as much as possible. Fuel use represents up to 39% of a fleet’s cost-per-mile (imperial system stats) according to the American Transportation Research Institute. MasterDrive compiled a list of tips in a two-part series to assist with this that includes both changes to driving behaviour and technology that can assist.”

Driver behaviour:

  • Be proactive: Ideally, it’s too late to react to rising fuel costs after it happens. Understand how your fleet operates so you already know which fuel-saving strategies work best for your organization.
  • Good drivers: Drivers are responsible for 30% of your fuel consumption and teaching your drivers fuel-efficient driving techniques can have a major impact. Hiring, educating and incentivising drivers to achieve the best fuel-efficiency is one of the most effective ways to reduce fuel consumption.
  • Plan your routes: Plenty of petrol is wasted by not making your route as efficient as possible.  
  • Stay on route: Educate drivers on the importance of reducing out-of-route trips and use telematics to ensure drivers avoid this.
  • Idling: Avoid idling for longer than 30 seconds.
  • Slow down: By decreasing your speed by just 20km/h you can improve your fuel consumption by up to 20%.
  • Tyre management: Get drivers to regularly check tyre pressure and be aware when tyres need general maintenance. It can make a huge difference to fuel consumption.
  • Lighten the load: Encourage drivers to remove any unnecessary items from their vehicles after a trip. As a rule of thumb, thus it could be much more or less, each unnecessary item increases consumption by 1%.

If your organization implemented these driving techniques, there is more you can do that could substantially reduce your fuel-spend. “This involves technology that you can instal into your vehicles to assist in reducing some of the largest consumers of fuel which we will reveal in the next part of this series,” says Herbert.

©Copyright MOTORING WORLD INTERNATIONAL.All rights reserved. Materials, photographs, illustrations and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior written permission from Motoring World International

Contactinfo@motoringworldng.com

Most Popular

Autochek wins Mobility Finance Platform of the Year Award

Autochek, the automotive technology company making car ownership more accessible and affordable across Africa, has been named as the Mobility Finance Platform of the...

Lagos Government Diverts Traffic Ahead Of APC Women Rally

Ahead of the APC Women Rally for the Presidential Campaign slated for Wednesday, 7th December, 2022, at Mobolaji Johnson Arena (Old Onikan Stadium), Onikan,...

Weststar Rolls Out all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class In Nigeria

The all-New Mercedes-Benz C-Class is now available in Nigeria, courtesy of Weststar Associates Limited. This was revealed in a statement made available to Motoring...

Ekiti Govt Places Fuel Marketers under Surveillance, Warns Against Hording

The Taskforce committee on fuel scarcity constituted by Gov. Biodun Oyebanji has placed some fuel stations in Ado-Ekiti, Omuo and other towns in the...
%d bloggers like this: