6 techniques to lower your fuel bill

How to maximise your fuel economy

Running your own business isn’t easy and, if you have an accountant looking after your finances, trying to keep them happy and your spending in check is never easy. When it comes to your transportation costs, therefore, it’s vital to ensure you’re doing all you can to maximise fuel economy and keep the cost of running your commercial vans down.

To help you get the most out of your vehicle in terms of fuel economy and costs, we at Vanwise Group in Harlow, and Maidstone are pleased to offer a selection of tips and advice.

Remove excess weight

It’s easier said than done when your commercial van is packed with goods necessary for your working day, but trying to shed any excess weight in your vehicle is essential. In fact, a reduction of just 45kg could be enough to boost your fuel economy by 1%.

Use real-time traffic updates

It seems that Google Maps is steadily replacing traditional satellite navigation systems for modern motorists, with its ability to use geo tracking of drivers to determine where and when a build-up of traffic is occurring. Use this to avoid the constant stop/start of traffic which uses up additional fuel.

Maintain your speed

Tempting as it might be to approach every journey with vigour and aim to complete as quickly as possible, it remains a fact that steadily maintaining your speed will prove far more economical than trying to exceed optimum driving speeds of between 55-65mph.

Optimise cooling systems

Did you realise that, when driving at speeds of less than 55mph, it’s more fuel efficient to cool down the cabin by opening a window than switching on the air conditioning? Or that when travelling above 55mph, the opposite is true? If not, you do now.

Keep your tyres inflated

Such a simple check can make all the difference. Properly inflated tyres will improve mileage by up to 3.3%, so regularly carrying out a tyre pressure check will undoubtedly prove valuable. Many newer commercial vans even feature a tyre pressure monitoring system that will alert you when your tyres need inflating.

Regular servicing

It may seem like an additional cost that you can ill afford, but regular vehicle servicing is important to maintaining the performance and efficiency of your commercial van. Tyres, air filters, oil changes, etc. will all be conducted to the highest standard, enabling you to get the best out of your vehicle for longer.

Knowing all this now you are ready to go on a hunt for your next van. Check our available stock for many different types of pre-owned commercial vehicles.
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