The fuel efficiency of vehicles are mostly depended on the driving behaviour of drivers. To implement fuel-efficient driving techniques, a system is required whereby drivers are rewarded for practising good driving. Our driver performance reports are designed to assist clients in reaching their drivers’ KPI’s.
The driver performance report is designed to score drivers on their driving behaviour for a specific period of time and can be useful during performance appraisals.
Below is a guide that can be useful for drivers to sharpen their driving techniques
Reduce your idle time by simply turning off the engine when you are parking the truck for short or long periods of time.
Monitor your speed by not driving too fast as this increases aerodynamic drag that makes the vehicle consume more fuel.
Be mindful of your clutch control as excessive use of the clutch and shifting gears takes more fuel. The quicker you move up a gear the more fuel you will save.
Reduce gear changes when reducing speed, allow space to decrease gradually and change gears accordingly.
Accelerate smoothly start with a gentle low gear and shifting gears to a controlled pace. Then once you have reached the correct speed maintain a constant pace as this leads to fuel efficiency.
Warm up the vehicle for 3 to 5 minutes, this will ensure that the horse builds up sufficient air.
Avoid Excessive Breaking – Anticipate road conditions and remain vigilant to prevent harsh breaking. Gradually slow down, this will avoid you not only having to apply the break at the last minute but also to maintain momentum so that the load does not shift.
Adjust your load by balancing the load and ensuring that it is within the weight limit.
Look out for weather and traffic warnings before you start your journey to avoid potential traffic congestion. Ask your Fleet Operator to send you information of routes that are congested or routes with bad weather conditions.
Essential checks before and after your trip do a walk-around check to test if the lights, breaks, indicators are working and if the tyre tread is fine. Check if the oil, water and diesel levels are good as well as the load security, ancillary equipment and the body work. After your trip do a post-trip inspection, this will avoid unnecessary breakdowns.