Leading van lease firm Northgate has advised motorists to change how they behave behind the wheel in order to bring the cost of driving down. The call comes as new research by RAC Fuel Watch revealed that the average price of unleaded petrol at forecourts across the UK had increased by 0.54p between June 24th — the day that Britain voted to leave the European Union — and July 12th.
In the same period, the average price of diesel at the nation’s fuel stations had risen by 0.73p.
Such increases aren’t a huge surprise. In June, Brian Madderson, the Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association, forecasted that the pound’s plunge against the dollar would have an immediate impact on wholesale fuel prices, due to the price being quoted in dollars.
The AA had made a similar prediction, stating: “Assuming that current market conditions persist … the price of petrol at some fuel stations might be expected to rise by 2.25p a litre, or £1.25 a tank.”
Are you a fleet manager that has been met with a larger charge in order to keep your company’s vehicles on the road? Northgate is advising that you decrease the cost elsewhere by advising motorists to alter their driving habits, such as by:
Accelerating in a relaxed manner, in order to ease the pressure that is being applied on a vehicle’s clutch.
Taking corners more smoothly, so that less stress is being put on the steering components and suspension system of a vehicle.
Keeping the rev count from rising too high before changing gears, to avoid putting undue strain on a vehicle’s engine.
Not braking too harshly, as this results in brake pads wearing down a lot quicker than they should Better driving habits don’t just save the vehicle from wear and tear. Northgate expanded on this, saying: “With many insurers offering cost reductions for gentle cornering and braking, sensible acceleration and even the location of the vehicle, the potential cost savings are significant.”
Be sure to take a look at the full blog post by Northgate for even more insight about saving money while behind the wheel of a fleet vehicle.