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Fuel savings CAT5: Fuel savings without even trying.

By Jim Wright, Proof of Concept and Sales consultant

All companies use a valuable resource, fuel. We all become complacent about fuel usage and tend to forget that this is one of the top 3 most expensive items on your cost list.

A few simple solutions to reduce that cost and more importantly improve our climate.

One Click policy.
We are all busy and never have any time to consider our actions, we see on forecourts fuel spillage where the customers are trying to fill the vehicle to the neck to get the maximum amount of fuel in the tank.

Adopting a one click policy on filling it will prevent spillage, it will prevent fuel lost from a leaking filler cap and more importantly will reduce unauthorised loss of fuel.

If you operate an HGV with a tank of 400 lItres, by filling to the very top of the tank you will make a fuel syphon redundant. In a Scania for example, fuel filled to the top of a tank amounts to effectively 40 ltrs of fuel sitting outside the anti-syphon.

By adopting simple solutions, you could save a small but valuable amount of fuel. As part of your initiative, ask all your drivers to follow a simple process and procedure.

Re Fuel
When re-fuelling vehicles, only fill to one click, this will reduce spillage and give the company an accurate recording of fuel used.

  • Check fuel cap for wear and leakage.
  • Check the tank, is it wet or damp from leaked fuel?
  • At the start and end of every shift complete a record sheet with vehicle reg no and start and finish mileage.
  • When re-fuelling enter onto the record document the amount of fuel, Ad blue and mileage.
  • Be accurate when completing and hand in the document as instructed.
  • Any fuel spillage or leakage must be reported to the Manager or Transport Team
  • Check your fuel receipts against the record sheet, do they match?
  • Is premium fuel being used? This costs more than normal fuel.

Engine Idle
The Highway Code states that ‘you must not leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while the vehicle is stationary on a public road’

Unnecessary engine idling may be subject to a fine.
Excessive idling lets water condense in the vehicle’s exhaust system, which can lead to corrosion.

Fact: If all drivers switched off their engines rather than idling unnecessarily for 1 minute each day this could reduce PM10 (particulate matter) emissions by at least 286g per day (at least 90kg per year)
Anti-idling – the facts

  • Engine idling is the running of an engine which is not required for the examination or operation of machinery.
  • Excessive idling is a waste of fuel and money, resulting in unnecessary negative environmental impact.
  • Stopping unnecessary vehicle idling is one relatively effortless way to help improve air quality and the respiratory and cardiovascular health of people in our communities.
  • Air pollution contributes to thousands of premature deaths each year.
  • For every 1 litre of fuel used by a diesel engine, 2.64 kg of CO2 is released into the atmosphere. During combustion, the carbon in the fuel reacts with oxygen in the air to produce carbon dioxide CO2.
  • Fuel can represent 35% of running costs, maybe even more.
  • Depending on the nature of the operation and vehicle types, fleet operators can expect average fuel savings in the region of 1% to 5% when implementing truck anti-idling measures.

MYTH… When it’s cold I need to keep my vehicle and passengers warm or warm up my engine

FACT… It can take up to an hour for an engine to cool down. Turning off your engine, but keeping the ignition on and the fan blowing will provide warm air for some time

MYTH… Starting an engine causes more pollution than idling

FACT… No. Turning off an engine and restarting it after a minute or longer causes less pollution than keeping the engine idling and uses less fuel

MYTH… It is better to idle the vehicle as turning the engine off and on wears it out

FACT… Ignitions in modern cars have eliminated this problem. Idling dirties your engine with incomplete combustion increasing wear and tear. Maintaining your vehicle is important for preventing breakdowns and reducing air pollution.

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