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Fuel efficiency via the development of driver skills

Fuel efficiency via the development of driver skills

Investing in driver training can help fleets improve their fuel efficiency in three key ways.


In today’s tough economy, continual learning is crucial for achieving and sustaining efficiency. Employees are a principal business asset and play a vital role in any commercially successful business. 

This is especially true for fleets looking to boost their bottom line by driving improved fuel efficiency. As petrol and diesel fuel prices will only increase in the long-term and sustainable fuel sources are still not viable on a large scale, instigating internal improvement is a sure-fire way of becoming a more commercially successful business. Put in its most simplistic form: If companies spend less on diesel and all over costs and revenues stay the same, their profit margin will be higher.

Driver training can help modify staff behaviour in three key areas that are all crucial to a fleet improving its fuel efficiency and therefore its overall commercial performance.
Getting the most efficient performance from vehicles

Driver training can teach drivers how they may directly affect a company's fuel spend. Techniques such as anticipation of the road ahead and the actions of other motorists, improved speed control and more efficient gear selection can all be learnt. Not only will the changes in driver behaviour correlate with a greater fleet-wide fuel efficiency, it will also empower the workforce. Many fleet firms have tried to gain efficiency via ‘work pressure’ rather than enhancing employees’ skills, they have found that this can lead to an unhappy workplace and result in employees leaving the organisation.

Investing in your drivers will not only boost morale, but can make them more likely to continue to want to make improvements.

Understanding the factors associated with fuel 

Fuel efficiency is not only about what happens behind the wheel, it is the culmination of a number of factors that are all affected by external conditions. Therefore, it can only be beneficial if expert driver training educates staff about these factors as well.

Drivers can be made aware of the effect that load and route, weather, vehicle condition, tyre pressure and traffic have on their fuel efficiency, helping them make mitigating preparations accordingly.

Making the most of telematics and fuel usage data

If drivers are taught how to use the latest telematics and fuel efficiency technology, they will have more tools at their disposal to improve their performance.

Fuel efficiency data can show a driver in minute detail how their actions behind the wheel affect the amount of diesel needed on a journey and can promote adoption of more sustainable driving. Not only can the data be used to monitor fuel efficiency performance straight away, it can also be used to inform future targets - both for the driver and for the fleet. This ensures that fleets can continue to make fuel efficiency improvements on a continual basis.

However, in reality - out on the UK's roads - it is not just a case of saying driver training will only boost fuel efficiency. In fact, if a company makes widespread changes to its drivers' behaviour and ideology, it has the potential to help commercial success by lowering insurance premiums, improving safety - to reduce both driver and vehicle downtime - and lessen an organisation's environmental impact.

 

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