Driving often makes up a large share of a company’s footprint. It can, however, be done a lot smarter, resulting in reduced consumption and lower operating costs and hence a cleaner world.
An analysis of 30 major clients indicated that driving is responsible for an average of 42% of their footprints. Greener, or smarter, driving can reduce this substantially and thus contribute to climate change mitigation. It means less exhaust gases, less CO2 and more savings on fuel and car expenses. By adjusting driving behaviour, even with hybrid cars, you can achieve a lot with your existing fleet (6-10%).
Read and share our tips with your colleagues. Get started today with changing driving behaviour within your company.
1. Anticipate traffic
This means that you do not constantly have to give gas or brake. Let your car coast when you approach a red stoplight or an exit on the highway. Research has shown that shifting quickly, braking suddenly and driving fast uses a lot of fuel. By anticipating what you will do next while you are driving you can easily save 33% of your fuel costs on the highway and 5% in built-up areas.
2. Watch your speed
Every car has a different optimum speed, but in general it can be stated that at speeds greater than 80 kilometres per hour, the car consumes more fuel than is necessary. If you limit your speed, you also reduce your CO2 emissions.
3. Remove unnecessary weight
Do you need all the things that your car is carrying? For every 50 kilograms of extra weight, fuel consumption is increased by 2%. This depends on the size of the vehicle – there is more of an effect on small cars than on larger ones.
4. Avoid rush hour
During rush hour, and even worse, in traffic jams, there is more braking and acceleration. This wastes a lot of fuel. Plan your appointments carefully. For an external work meeting, schedule your appointment later and start by working an hour at home, so you can drive there more economically and be more relaxed when you arrive. And ride your bike now and then. If you do not use the car for one or two days a week, you can save 14-28% on fuel.
5. Avoid excessive idling
Idling wastes about one litre of fuel per hour. So, turn your engine off if you know that you will have to wait more than a few minutes. It pays off even after a minute.
6. Limit the use of air conditioning
This can be done by parking your car in the shade on warm days and not setting the air conditioning too cold. For short trips the air conditioner is useless. This is also true for heating in the winter.
7. Car maintenance
Using the correct tyre pressure saves a lot of fuel. Checking it monthly really makes a difference. The correct tyre pressure is also essential for your safety. Also make sure to check your oil level and change it regularly. This ensures that your car runs longer and it saves fuel. The same is true for getting it serviced. In total this can save about 4% of fuel costs. If you can, also choose an environmentally friendly service company.
8. Change driving behaviour
Changing driving behaviour sounds easier than it really is. For organizations that have many employees who travel to clients, it turns out that inefficient driving habits are often very firmly ingrained. A programme like ProDrive Learning can help a lot in making a change. Making green driving into a competition also works well.
9. Switch to really green
Moving to a greener fleet leads to even more savings. Consider other energy labels (A, B or C) for cars, switching to hybrid or even 100% electric vehicles. When using hybrids, it is very important that the car is actually plugged in so that it achieves a consumption level of 1 litre per 50 km. It’s also important to adjust driving behaviour when driving one. Encouraging the use of public transport, car sharing and biking also contributes to savings. In short, a different mobility mix is what you are aiming for. You can make this part of complying with your CSR policies or offer attractive secondary employment benefits. It all starts with a detailed mobility scan.
10. Fully climate neutral
Would you like to take responsibility for all of the CO2 emitted by driving? Then carbon neutral driving is the solution. You can do that by offsetting your footprint via CNG. There are also more and more lease and car-rental companies that offer climate neutral driving as part of their standard service packages. That way you have nothing to worry about because the impact on the climate from driving is zero. Your emissions are offset via climate projects elsewhere in the world.
If you also do your part, we can reduce our impact substantially. If you start driving as economically as possible you will be surprised what effect it has on lowering fuel consumption. In addition, it seems that the adjustment of driving habits also reduces the amount of damage to vehicles. Driving economically is driving safely. And it is more fun too!
Start today with driving more economically within your company!
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