The summer has arrived and with it also the higher temperatures. But have you noticed that it is during this time of the year that there are bigger FUEL EXPENSES?! It is true! And this increase occurs mainly due to three factors: AIR CONDITIONING, FUEL EVAPORATION and LACK of VEHICLE MAINTENANCE. Does it make sense to you? Very well, in that case, we proceed!
In addition to the notorious increase in fuel consumption, also CO2 production and respective atmosphere levels show significant increases, particularly at this time of year. But we will show you why and help you REDUCE FUEL consumption in the summer!
REDUCE FUEL CONSUMPTION DURING THE SUMMER
KEEP A STABLE SPEED
On vacation or work, the higher speed of your car, and the higher air resistance and higher the fuel consumption. Keep a stable speed and meet the limits indicated, as this way you will save in two ways: in fuel consumption and avoid a fine payment. Studies indicate that a speed of 140km/h shows an increase of 25% in fuel consumption when compared to an 110km/h speed.
EXCEPTIONALLY USE THE AIR CONDITIONING
Air conditioning is the main enemy of fuel savings in the summer as it increases fuel consumption by approximately 20% (especially for less than 60km/h speed)! So, if possible, open the windows, your wallet will thank you! 👛😉
Exceptionally, use the Air Conditioning during your trip on the highway, this way you will make your car more aerodynamic, promoting fuel saving.
PARK YOUR CAR IN THE SHADE, AVOID FUEL EVAPORATION
That's right, that walking around in search of the best parking spot (who does not?!), increases fuel consumption at any time of the year, but in the summer, it is even worse. Rather than avoid unnecessary fuel consumption, you should always park your car in the shade, as the sun and the high temperatures help in the fuel evaporation. However, if you cannot find a shady place, park your car so that the fuel tank is not exposed to the sun.
MAKE PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
As we mentioned in the previous article about Reducing Fleet Maintenance Costs, it is extremely important that you perform Preventive Maintenance to avoid Corrective Maintenance (representing higher expenses).
But the truth is that in the summer your car requires more attention from you, namely at the level of the water tank, battery status, tire life, engine cooling system, air filters and oil filters.
BE SELECTIVE WITH THE FUEL POSTS
Too low prices and unknown brands are often synonymous with poor fuel quality! But on the other hand, the fuel stations often used by taxi or trucks drivers often represent quality fuel at affordable prices.
However, if possible, fuel at the fuel station you trust, where you know the employees and their product OR use one of our FLEET/ FUEL CARDS and enjoy innumerable exclusive DISCOUNTS!
Now that you know how to reduce your fuel consumption in the summer, schedule now the next fleet review/ preventive maintenance and make sure your drivers enjoy good and secure trips! 🚗👍
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