“You have to spend money to make money.” Despite that old adage, spending without thought can have a detrimental impact on a company’s bottom line. Conversely, to cut back on expenses whenever and wherever possible is to free up hard-earned cash which in turn can be put to work for the benefit of the business, whether it’s expanding into new markets, purchasing equipment or compensating valuable employees in the name of retention.
For business owners who spend much of their time on the road, driving from appointment to appointment, and for those with employees who are always on the go, the cost of fuel can add up quickly. However, by practicing a few commonsense driving techniques, business owners and their employees can easily reduce overall fuel consumption, thereby freeing up money that can be better used elsewhere.
1. Check tire pressure on a routine basis
Keeping your tires at the recommended pressure is a vital part of vehicle maintenance for many reasons, not the least of which is fuel economy. Low tire pressure increases rolling resistance, which, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, can “lower gas mileage by about 0.2% for every 1 psi drop in the average pressure of all tires.” The fact that properly inflated tires also improve ride and handling is an added bonus. Most important to keep in mind is this: under- or over-inflated tires increase the risk of tire failure, with potentially serious results.
2. Remove unnecessary cargo
It’s tempting to treat our work vehicles as mobile storage units in which we carry every last tool of the trade “just in case.” The fact is you could be paying for that convenience. Vehicles loaded down with extra cargo can experience significant decreases in efficiency depending on how much extra weight is added. To avoid lowering your MPG unnecessarily, remove everything from the cargo areas and passenger seats not absolutely vital to that day’s job. Your bottom line will be better for it in the long run.
3. Keep calm and drive on
Everybody has a driving style. Find the people with the smoothest, calmest approach to acceleration and deceleration and you’ll also find the ones who get the best fuel economy from their vehicles. Punching the gas or slamming on the brakes, while called for at times, can dramatically affect your MPG if it becomes your modus operandi. In short, staying under control, and under (or at) the speed limit, is the best way to arrive at your destination safely and with the most fuel left in your tank.
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