With rising fuel cost still topping the list of concerns for fleet managers, directing drivers to use supermarket fuel rather than that from branded forecourts can make a huge difference to annual fleet fuel bills, says software solutions provider Mycompanyfleet.
According to the latest figures from the AA, fuel prices continue to rise at the nation’s fuel pumps, but the cheapest fuel continues to be found at supermarket forecourts.
AA figures shows that diesel now costs on average 137.5 a litre or £6.25 per gallon from a supermarket forecourt compared to a national average of 139.6p per litre or £6.34 per gallon, a saving of 2.1 p per litre or 9.5p per gallon.
That means that a company car driver travelling 30,000 miles a year in a Ford Mondeo 2.0 Duratorq TDCi, with an average fuel consumption of 53.3mpg, would see a fuel cost saving of £160.41 over three years by filling up at supermarkets rather than branded outlets.
On a fleet of 200 similar cars over a typical three year replacement cycle that adds up to an impressive fuel cost saving of £32,082, simply by steering clear of garage forecourts in favour of supermarkets, says Mycompanyfleet’s Jon Tandy.
And says Tandy, recently appointed business development manager at Mycompanyfleet, the automotive division of HR software giant NorthgateArinso, there are plenty of other low-cost actions that fleets can take that can help cut fuel bills by between 5 and 10%.
“At Mycompanyfleet, we firmly believe that a powerful yet easy to use dashboard tool is key in helping our customers control fuel and other fleet operating costs,” he said.