Fuel consumption is a significant cost item. Savings of even 5% can be significant. We will tell you which driving style provides the lowest fuel consumption in our article.
Fuel consumption is a significant cost item for transport companies and corporate fleets. Savings of even 5% can be significant when it comes to the regular transport of people and goods. According to experts, one of the ways to reduce fuel consumption by 20-25% is an economical driving style. In this article, we will talk about which driving style principles provide the lowest fuel consumption, how to achieve an economical driving style in your company, and how to monitor drivers on the line.
Which driving style will have the lowest fuel consumption?
Let’s take a look at what factors affect fuel consumption and which driving style provides the least fuel consumption:
First, fuel consumption depends on the vehicle speed. If we drive too slow or too fast, more fuel is consumed. The speed at which the minimum fuel is consumed is 60 km / h for the city and 90 km / h for the highway;
Secondly, the higher the engine speed, the higher the fuel consumption. Fuel is consumed most efficiently at engine speed in any gear in the range of 2000-2500 rpm;
In addition, fuel consumption depends on the aerodynamic characteristics of the body. For example, if at a speed of 90 km / h a hatch or windows are open in the cabin, fuel is consumed by 4-5% more, and at a higher speed the overrun may be even higher – 25-30%. Hence the rule: at high speed, the hatch and windows must be closed;
Air conditioning systems, climate control, etc. at full power “eats” about 15% of the fuel. Conclusion: it is necessary to use interior cooling only when really necessary;
Another significant factor is sharp acceleration and deceleration. During sharp maneuvers, large portions of fuel enter the cylinders, which are consumed irrationally and not completely. If you avoid forced starts and rebounding, use the brakes less often to slow down and accelerate less often – the fuel consumption becomes significantly lower;
Other factors increase fuel consumption, for example, low tire pressure, high-octane gasoline, warming up the power plant at idle, driving in extreme temperatures (severe frost or heat), etc. If possible, all this should also be monitored.
Compliance with the above rules ensures an economical driving style with the lowest fuel consumption. But you’ve probably already noticed that not all of these rules are applicable in the work of transport companies. For example, in intra-city traffic, a lot of braking and acceleration, engine idling and driving at low speeds in traffic jams cannot be avoided. Nobody will stop the work of the company at plus / minus thirty either: customers are waiting for their goods and if you do not bring it, your competitors will do it.
At the same time, there are universal principles of an economical driving style that your employees may well use. These principles are:
- smooth and accurate driving without sharp maneuvers, intensive acceleration and braking;
- compliance with the speed limit;
- turning off the engine during long-term parking (if there are no objective reasons not to do this);
- closed windows and hatches when driving at high speeds;
- compilation of optimal routes that ensure the maximum possible duration of movement at a constant speed.
Compliance with these simple rules will allow you to save up to 25% in fuel consumption.
A MagnuFuel device has recently appeared on the market. This is a small rectangular case, consisting of two parts, which are attached to the fuel hose and connected together.
The manufacturer promises to reduce fuel consumption by up to 25%.
The principle of operation is based on the ordering of fuel molecules and greater efficiency from each milliliter.
One of the advantages of the device is its safety for the car – you do not need to disassemble the engine or break the integrity of the car parts. Simply attach the device to the fuel hose.
What tools will help you control your driving style and ensure the lowest fuel consumption?
Of course, it is not enough to deduce the rules, you need to make sure that employees apply them, and this requires effective control tools.
To control the driving style of the car, the ITOB ECO-DRIVE satellite monitoring system was developed based on the 1C: GLONASS / GPS Satellite Monitoring Center software product.
The solution allows you to track:
travel speed, engine speed, temperature, mileage;
sharp acceleration and deceleration;
location, traffic routes, stops and parking of vehicles;
downtime with the ignition on;
current and total fuel consumption, places of refueling and draining;
generates a rating of drivers by waybills.
The system records all parameters online, the dispatcher will instantly know about any violation. The presence of such control increases the discipline of drivers, ensuring an accurate and economical ride. As a result, fuel costs are reduced, and this is noticeable from the very first days of using ITOB ECO-DRIVE.
Another plus of an economical driving style is the optimization of fleet maintenance costs. Careful attitude to technology prolongs its service life, cars need less repairs, and spare parts costs are reduced. The use of a satellite monitoring system allows you to participate in preferential insurance programs and save up to 30% on car insurance.