Editor’s Note: This is the second in a 2-part series (please feel free to use as many or as few tips as you want).
“Green” Driving Tips To Help Reduce Fuel Use, Improve Efficiency
By Jay de la Houssaye, Enterprise Fleet Management
When it comes to improving fuel economy and reducing our impact on the environment, sometimes the simplest things can make a difference. When multiplied by the number of vehicles in a company’s fleet, even saving just a few gallons of gasoline every week can add up to a substantial savings at the end of the year. Smarter driving and maintenance are two steps everyone can take.”
Enterprise Fleet Management is offering Keys to “Green” Driving – useful tips that can be used to reduce fuel consumption and save money. Following is the second in a two-part series of tips:
Keep engines tuned. A tune-up can increase fuel economy. Follow your owner's manual guidelines.
Use the right fuel. Check your owner’s manual when choosing what grade of gasoline to use, and don’t spend the extra money on a premium grade if you don’t need to.
Avoid the top off. That extra squeeze wastes money and pollutes the air, even aggravating smog in bigger cities.
Cool off wisely. While it is true that rolling windows down instead of using the AC can increase fuel economy at slower speeds, at faster highway speeds open windows can actually increase drag and hurt fuel economy.
Replace older, less fuel efficient vehicles at appropriate intervals. Knowing when to dispose of older vehicles, a systematic process known in the fleet management industry as “cycling,” helps a company achieve optimum performance and the best resale value, which also directly affects cost savings.
For more information about Enterprise’s industry-leading environmental stewardship initiatives, visit www.keystogreen.com.
Jay de la Houssaye, Area Sales Manager for Enterprise Fleet Management/Louisiana, can be reached at 504-779-3321. Visit the company’s web site at www.enterprisefleet.com or call toll free 1-877-23-FLEET.