Eco Driving

In this day and age any way of saving money is always a sought after and valued commodity. Often, small changes can combine to make a large difference over time. Imagine how much could be saved if you are able to make small savings over many items. Your fleet of vehicles can offer you a range of money saving options.
Eco Driving is a relatively new concept dealing with improved road safety and fuel efficiency. There are several quite simple driving techniques that can all help to make significant savings.

Advantages

  • Safer Driving
  • Advanced driving skills
  • Lower vehicle maintenance
  • Increased fuel efficiency
  • Fewer accidents

5 Top Tips

1. Smooth driving.

Smooth, gentle acceleration and braking uses less fuel. By reading the road ahead and anticipating the traffic flow you can keep the car moving and improve fuel economy. Acceleration uses more fuel and braking wastes the fuel used in acceleration, a constant speed will therefore use less fuel.
Change gear early when you can, ideally around 2000 revs – High or even medium RPM consumes more fuel.

2. Switch it off!

Anything electrical uses fuel to power it, by turning it off you save. Do you really need the Aircon, heated rear windscreen, headlights, electric seats or blowers on? This includes your car ignition, you don’t need to let it “warm up” and if you are sat stationary in traffic for at least 30 seconds you can save fuel by turning it off.

3. Reduce your speed

The faster you travel the more fuel is used. Travelling at 70mph used 9% more fuel than at 60mph. At 80mph you can be using 25% more fuel than 70mph!
Close your windows at high speed – open windows increase aerodynamic drag.

4. Tyres

See our earlier blog for tips. Click Here

5. Reduce weight

Fuel is used to move your car – the more your car weighs the more fuel is needed to move it. Removing your golf clubs or buggy from the boot as well as roof racks and roof boxes will help. You might even consider only half filling your tank and saving weight there too.
How can Bill Plant help?
Through Road Risk Assessment, driving assessment and further training Bill Plant CDM can show you how to save up to 20% of your company fuel bills, whilst reducing accident costs and making your drivers safer.

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

The introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 has put the focus firmly on business transport. Every company is affected and will have to prove that its policies and procedures protect it from prosecution in the event of a fatal accident.

Under the new Act, an organisation will be guilty of corporate manslaughter if the way in which its activities are managed or organised:

  • causes a person’s death; and
  • amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by the organisation to the deceased

On conviction a corporation may receive a range of punishments:
These include

  • An unlimited fine, most likely based on profitability and turnover;
  • A ‘publicity order’ which requires the organisation to publicise the conviction;
  • A ‘remedial order’ which will require the organisation to take specified steps to remedy the breach, and ensure adequate health and safety policies and practices are put in place.

All Companies need to be able to demonstrate working health and safety procedures in line with all existing Health and Safety legislation. Police officers investigating fatal crashes are told to assume the death is an unlawful killing until proved otherwise. Investigations include

  • Driver competency – Is the driver capable and licensed?
  • Fitness and health – Has the company ensured the driver is capable
  • Vehicle suitability – Insured? Taxed? Maintained?

What can you do? How can we help?

  • Driver Risk Assessment (Free from Bill Plant)
  • Driving Assessments
  • Driver Training
  • Check Driving License
  • Record Crash data
  • Issue a driver handbook

Research has found that the accident liability of fleet trained drivers reduces considerably compared to drivers who have not received any driver training. Additional benefits include reduced fuel consumption, and vehicle wear and tear.

 Time to act now

 Driving at work is a high risk activity. When things go wrong the costs can be substantial in both time and money. Ignoring Occupational Road Risk (ORR) is not a sound business decision.

 Our team of Advisors can help your company select and tailor an Occupational Road Risk programme which suits your company needs.

 With a nationwide network of fully trained and qualified tutors, trainers and advisors, Bill Plant CDM Ltd can provide tailored Driver Assessments, Training, Occupational Road Risk Management and Consultancy services anywhere UK.

Click here to find out more.

Eco Driving – Tyres

Eco Driving.

In this day and age any way of saving money is always sought after and valued. Often, small changes can combine to make a large difference over time. Imagine how much could be saved if you are able to make small savings over many items. Your fleet of vehicles can offer you a range of money saving options.

Tyres are an often overlooked item. A good driver can double the mileage they get from their tyres. They are also a vital safety element of the vehicle and you should always ensure the correct tyres are fitted. Here are some money saving tips when it comes to tyres.

  • Check your tyre pressures regularly (monthly) including your spare. Over or under inflation can reduce the life of your tyres, whilst correct pressures can increase fuel efficiency and save you money.
  • Balancing tyres when one is changed will reduce rapid and uneven tread wear.
  • Harsh acceleration and braking or late braking puts more pressure on your tyres. Smooth acceleration and planned braking will help prolong the use of your tyres and improve fuel efficiency.
  • Overloading the vehicle can have an impact on tyre wear and tyre pressures. Dry steering and high cornering speeds put undue strain on your tyres which can cause too much friction and premature wear.
  • Driving or parking up kerbs can seriously damage your tyres, causing undue wear and putting undue strain on them.

Would you like to know more, visit Corporate Driver Management.