With a five centre per litre increase in excise duty on diesel coming into force on Friday, 1st September truck drivers should bear these eco-friendly driving tips in mind to save fuel.
Smooth Acceleration: Gradually accelerate and avoid sudden starts to conserve fuel.Maintain
Speed: Stick to a consistent speed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
Proper Gear Use: Shift gears efficiently and use engine braking to save fuel on downhill slopes.
Aerodynamics: Keep windows closed and reduce drag by keeping your truck’s exterior clean.
Tyre Maintenance: Maintain proper tire pressure and alignment for better fuel economy.
Minimise Idling: Turn off the engine when parked to save fuel and reduce emissions.
Plan Routes: Opt for shorter routes, avoid congested areas, and plan deliveries to minimize unnecessary driving.
Engine Maintenance: Regularly service your vehicle to ensure it’s running optimally.
Cruise Control: Use cruise control on highways to maintain a steady speed and reduce fuel consumption.
Light Load: Avoid carrying unnecessary weight; only transport what’s required.
Coasting: When safe, coasting downhill can save fuel by using gravity’s momentum.
Anticipate Traffic: Predict and adjust your driving based on upcoming traffic or road conditions.
Reduce Air Conditioning: Use air conditioning sparingly, as it puts extra load on the engine.
Smart Braking: Brake gently and avoid sudden stops to save fuel and reduce wear on brakes.
Driver Behaviour: Encourage eco-friendly driving habits among your drivers for maximum efficiency.
Remember, adopting these eco-driving practices not only benefits the environment but also helps lower operational costs for your HGV fleet.