The 10 golden rules for efficient drivers
- Keep a constant speed of around 85km/h on highways or motorways and use your cruise control. At above 90km/h, a 2km/h increase in vehicle speed results in a 2% increase in fuel consumption.
- Avoid driving in a low gear unless it is necessary. Change down for gradients and climb smoothly, making the best use of your vehicle’s momentum.
- Keep idling to a minimum when waiting to unload goods. One hour of idling** can result in a 1% increase in fuel consumption.
- Don’t brake unnecessarily. Use the engine brake first where possible.
- Avoid heavy traffic as it may increase fuel consumption by 2 -10%.
- Plan your journey by choosing alternative routes where the road surfaces are good.
- Use air conditioning and heating only when necessary as these both increase fuel consumption.
- Avoid carrying unnecessary weight and ensure curtains are fully closed when carrying open loads.
- Regularly check tyre pressures and fill tyres with nitrogen – every 10psi of under-inflation increases fuel consumption by 1%.
- Choose Shell diesel fuels with fuel economy formula (saving up to 3% fuel consumption***) and low viscosity, fully synthetic Shell driveline lubricant (saving up to 5% fuel consumption****).
*Source for rules 1-9: http://www.everytime.cummins.com/assets/pdf/MPG_Secrets_Whitepaper.pdf
**In a typical daily schedule
***Compared to regular diesel without a fuel economy formula. May vary by truck/vehicle
****Compared to conventional grades, when used together Shell’s range of fuel economy driveline lubricants has shown savings of up to 5%