One of the biggest challenges faced by courier services is to keep their fuel costs in check. Excessive use of fuel is not only dangerous for the environment, but it also adds to business expenditures and either lowers profits or drives away customers with increased service charges. Hence, it is necessary for courier services to keep their fuel usage to the minimum.
While fuel efficiency may be achieved through buying newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles or optimizing routes and strategically planning transportation, the most effective way of cutting down fuel costs is training drivers to drive responsibly. Below are a few ways that courier drivers can reduce fuel consumption:
Avoiding Idling Waste
When vehicle engines are left running unnecessarily for long periods, it contributes significantly to fuel costs. If drivers make it a habit to turn off the engine when the vehicle is not running, it will save costs.
Maintaining A Stable Speed
Most heavy-duty vehicles consume fuel optimally when their speed is between 35 and 50 MPH. When drivers increase or decrease the speed abruptly, it causes fuel to burn up faster. Therefore, it is recommended to stay within the vehicle’s optimal fuel efficiency speed.
Using Cruise Control
Drivers can use the cruise control to set up a steady, consistent speed for their vehicles, which would ensure that fuel is used efficiently. However, cruise control should not be used when the traffic is heavy or when travelling uphill.
Instead of using hard breaks to come to a stop at a traffic light or otherwise, drivers can learn to determine the appropriate time for stopping ahead of time and use acceleration minimization techniques and coasting to come to a stop. This not only helps save on fuel but also extends the vehicle’s lifespan.
Caring for the Vehicle
Lastly, drivers need to look after the vehicle they drive on the road day in and day out. This includes keeping the tires inflated at the correct pressure to boost their life and improve fuel efficiency, as well as keeping the gas tank filled appropriately (avoid overfilling, as that can lead to overflowing).
When drivers are accustomed to certain driving habits (which are hazardous for the vehicle or use too much fuel), it can take a while to master new techniques and ways of driving until they eventually become new habits. However, courier drivers should invest time and effort in learning the right driving techniques to help save fuel, which will reduce costs and benefit the environment.