Sales management are facing spiralling costs of fuel from their sales representatives and could be wasting thousands of pounds more on fuel inefficiency caused by bad driving, according to leading fuel card reseller The Fuelcard Company.
Exceeding speed limits, driving in the wrong gear, and braking too hard can increase fuel consumption by 40 percent, which, with the cost diesel reaching 139.42 pence per litre can be extremely costly for companies with large vehicle fleets.
With further tax hikes scheduled for January, Jakes de Kock, Sales and Marketing Director at The Fuelcard Company, is urging retailers to address their fuel inefficiency now, to make significant cost savings which could help them survive the economic recovery.
“We have developed a culture of ‘super-efficiency’, where jobs must be completed in an increasingly short period of time which can sometimes result in risks being taken on the road. However, contrary to cutting costs, this actually wastes money by consuming more fuel and leading to more vehicle maintenance work,” said de Kock.
Using fuel cards is another way to cut fuel spend and could save a 10-strong fleet £2,520 per annum, while a company with 30 vehicles would be £7,560 better off. (based on a discount of around 3 to 4p on the average price of diesel.)
“Although savings can be made as a result of the fuel discount, the real benefit of a fuel card comes from the increased control managers have over fuel usage which can lead to substantial long term savings. Businesses are able to monitor the fuel usage of individual drivers as well as the entire fleet, providing managers with a wealth of information. This can help to identify areas where savings can be made, such as routing, or training drivers to adopt a more fuel efficient driving style.”