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Training firm lists fuel saving hints

FLEET driver training company Drive & Survive has compiled a list of hints that it claims can slash fuel costs by a quarter and reduce CO2 emissions. The list comes as pressure increases on fleet managers to make fuel economy a top priority among fleet drivers to cut down on damage to the environment that vehicles cause.

Drive & Survive figures show that a full tank of petrol from a medium-sized car releases nearly 140kg of CO2 - equal in weight to two average adult males. The company's list of tips includes:

  • Ensure your vehicle is regularly serviced.
  • Try to avoid excessive acceleration during engine warm-up when fuel consumption is at its highest.
  • Change gear smoothly and avoid harsh braking.
  • Switch the engine off while stationary in traffic.
  • Make sure tyres are correctly inflated as under-inflation by 7 psi can waste as much as half a gallon of fuel per tank.
  • Use dedicated fuel cards to monitor fuel consumption to target heavy-footed drivers.

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