IF your business involves a lot of driving, you’ll know just how infuriating it can be to see your various costs totted up at the end of the month. Between purchase costs and repairs, insurance, tax, and your fuel bill, it’s expensive to keep a van on the road.
Chances are, you’re also feeling a little guilty about the toll your vehicle use is taking on the environment – and rightfully so.
Well, you’ll choose the van you can afford, and pay the tax that’s demanded – but when it comes to fuel, you can be master of your destiny, by taking care to keep down your consumption for the sake of your budget and for the planet.
One great way to do so is to take a few extra minutes before each trip to unload any unnecessary extra burden. Every work vehicle becomes a repository for all sorts of forgotten cargoes, things that weren’t delivered when they were meant to be or which ‘might be useful’ some day. Take them out of the van and keep them safely in your business premises. The extra weight is burning up fuel and costing you money.
Another good tip is to look out for the way you use your air conditioning. If you’re driving at more than 55mph in hot weather, air conditioning in hot weather is a good idea: having the windows open will actually use more fuel. But when you’re travelling any slower than that, the air conditioning system itself will burn up energy at an astonishing rate. In these conditions, it’s best to go old-skool and just keep your windows open with the A/C off.
With fuel costs, it really is up to you to set the standards and keep your expenditure low – and this new infographic is packed with ideas on how to do so. Be sure to share it with anyone who uses your vehicles, because the lower your fuel costs are, the higher your profit margins will be!