Fuel Cost-Saving Tips for Small Businesses
By Lorena Schott | July 21, 2022
The high price of fuel is creating rising prices for all kinds of goods and services as businesses struggle to cover their costs.
Small businesses that use vehicles as part of their daily operations will be hit the hardest and may administer extra charges to offset rising gas prices to help maintain their profit levels. Additionally, some businesses may begin to limit their service and delivery areas, targeting smaller regions to help reduce their fuel costs.
If your business relies on some sort of transportation to operate, check out these handy tips from Inc, that may help your small business save on fuel costs.
Train your drivers to drive
Driving aggressively is not only dangerous, but it can increase fuel consumption. Make sure drivers are properly trained to reduce aggressive driving habits. These habits include braking too quickly, accelerating too rapidly, and turning corners too sharply.
Driving at slower speeds is more efficient for the vehicle and safer for the operator. Additionally, driving the speed limit is safer for all those sharing the road.
If your sales associates have turned their cars into an office or if your drivers are sitting in the air conditioning between deliveries, they’re using an enormous amount of fuel — a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour or more to be exact, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Cut down on unnecessary trips
Fewer trips reduce fuel costs simply because drivers can be proactive and efficient, combining errands into a single trip instead of several throughout the day. One longer trip can reduce the amount of gas used by half, rather than many short outings where the engine must start and warm up every time. Plan trips in advance and cluster deliveries, tasks, errands and service calls into common regions to reduce the number of trips taken.
Empower your people
When making changes to driving practices or installing new technology, keep employees at the forefront, and they’ll thank you with savings.
WESST has tons of tips to share with you about how to make your small business more efficient! Just visit the Business Consulting page on our website to set up an appointment to speak with our business consultants!
About the Author
Lorena Schott is a native New Mexican that brings a wealth of experience to the WESST team. Before joining WESST in 2009, she worked for Intel where she was acknowledged for her establishment of Intel’s centralized on-line system, rewarding and recognizing employees worldwide.