For those of you that have an even passing interest in the concept of ecodriving, the idea of anticipatory driving should be part and parcel of your thought process when trying to save fuel.
Reading intersections, looking at traffic flow, planning routes, keeping an eye on weather – these are all pretty obvious types of anticipatory driving – both in and out of the vehicle.
Sometimes though, anticipating what your fuel costs will be affected by isn’t the easiest thing in the world to track. But, it can have a lot to do with what is going on around the world itself.
Let’s say, for example, that for some reason, our access to fuel at a stable price is suddenly disrupted. We can be pretty sure that if there is something that affects that flow of fuel, either potential or actual, we are going to see a spike in prices and perhaps even a reduction in accessibility to that commodity.
Whether we are looking at price spikes, lack of access or a combination of both, there is a definite commonality – we’ve got to be able to reduce our fuel use.
And that means strategizing quickly with anticipation as our guide.
As a fleet manager you can form that strategy. If you have high fuel use tasks on deck in your schedule that can be put off to a later date, do it. You can make sure that your drivers know that prices are likely to spike soon and have them focus on their fuel saving efforts. You can even consider retraining some of your staff in ecodriving techniques – just to make sure that they are fresh on the ideas, and again realize the potential positive effects of their actions behind the wheel.
So, whether it is a crippling earthquake and tsunami that literally makes fuel inaccessible, or a geopolitical uprising in another part of the world that is oil rich, anticipating what the fallout of these situations will be can further concrete your worth as a fleet manager.
Ecodriving – it works.
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