How can couriers lower fuel costs?

‘Fuel stress’ is a big problem for everyone right now. All of us have noticed the rocketing cost of petrol and diesel at the pumps and the impact this has on our finances. For business and for organisations that use transport (such as us Rock Solid Deliveries as same day couriers,) this rise in cost is having a massive effect on company finances. It does also mean that companies are struggling to absorb the rising prices, which ultimately means these being passed onto customers. As far as saving fuel is concerned, there are steps we can all take to help make the tank last a bit longer. In our latest article, we’ll give some of the best tips to achieving this.

Before we begin, it is important to note that this information can apply to everyone, not just couriers and people who use transport as part of their business. Saving fuel and money is in everyones’ best interests, so it is well worth seeing if you can adopt some of the following tips to help.

1) Weight

Couriers ask about the weight of parcels for a few reasons, but one of these is fuel considerations. The heavier the load, the more fuel is required to be able to ‘pull’ the weight, and transport the vehicle around. Customers with heavier shipments would expect to pay more for their delivery, as fuel calculations are factored into this. When sending a parcel, think about the contents and whether there is anything you can do to make it lighter.

2) Driving style

Changing driving style can have a massive positive effect on fuel consumption. Although fuel is used in all aspects of driving, accelerating and braking use the greatest amounts. Everyone needs to speed up and slow down so there is no avoiding this, but the way it is done can make all the difference. Smoother braking and accelerating can reduce fuel consumption, so it really is worth considering driving styles.

3) Anticipate traffic

This one is common sense, but it is not something everyone thinks about. Sitting in a traffic jam for an hour can waste fuel. Sometimes accidents suddenly happen, you can be stuck along the route, and there isn’t much that can be done. However, being aware of pre-planned roadwords for example, where an alterative route can be found, can save the time the vehicle is just sitting doing nothing and using fuel.

4) Stick to lower speeds

Laws of physics tell us that higher speeds use higher fuels. No one can do 30MPH on a motorway, but excessive speed can use more fuel. Speed limits are not only designed for safety reasons but to be the most economical for the circumstances, and sticking to these will help with fuel use.

5) Keep the vehicle in good mechanical order

Tyres which are incorrectly pressured, faulty air conditioning systems etc are all examples of factors associated with the vehicle that can cause wasted fuel to be used. Whether you are a courier using a van, or a family using the car, keeping your vehicle mechanically sound is not important for safety reasons, it just also has the added advantage of saving fuel too.

Fuel is an important commodity, but so are personal and business finances. With a few changes, savings can be made to both!

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