How to Save on Fuel Costs for Your Van

SAVING ON VAN FUEL COSTS: CUTTING BACK WITHOUT CUTTING CORNERS

If you own a business, you are certainly looking out for your bottom line and trying to determine the best ways to save money without sacrificing the quality of service you provide to your customers. These three steps can help to cut down on costs and increase your commercial vans fuel economy'.

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SAVING ON VAN FUEL COSTS: CUTTING BACK WITHOUT CUTTING CORNERS



Speed

Higher speeds mean higher fuel usage. In most newer vehicles, the best highway mileage is attained at a speed of about 100 kmh. Also, when accelerating, do it slowly so that you do not burn off any more fuel than necessary.



Maintenance

For optimum van fuel efficiency, check your oil and tires regularly. To check oil levels, take out the dipstick, wipe it clean, place it back in, and check the color and level of the oil. The oil should look clean and dark, so if there is too little of it, or it looks unusual, bring the van to a garage as soon as possible.

Keep a tire gauge in your van so that you can check tire pressure on the go. Low tire pressure not only decreases fuel efficiency, it wears down on the treads as well, which can result in a fine in the UK.



Travel Practices

If possible, keep all cargo within the van instead of using the roof rack; this load can increase wind resistance and lower fuel efficiency. Keep your van minimally stocked; the heavier it is, the harder the engine is working. Check the van at the end of each day for items that you won't need to bring along the next day.

Map out travel routes when possible. If your van is designed to make deliveries throughout the day, try to work with clients and book appointments according to a predetermined travel schedule. For example, if you start deliveries at the far side of town and work your way back to the office throughout the day, set appointments for the further addresses earlier on in the day.

If buying a hybrid or electric van is not yet in your company's budget, then you can take these steps in increasing your van?s fuel efficiency. Although all of these aforementioned tasks might seem tedious, keeping up with them will help lower your fuel costs, increase your van?s longevity, and keep the resale value up.

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