Hints & Tips
Everything you need to know
Our van leasing experts give you tips on how to get the most from your new van and reduce the cost of motoring
Reduce the cost of running a van for your business
1. SLOW DOWN TO SPEED LIMIT
Driving faster in town does not get you to your destination quicker.
How often have you over taken that cyclist only to be caught up again at the traffic lights or zebra crossing? Driving at the speed limit will reduce fuel costs, reduce the chances of receiving speeding tickets, while being a safer driver and reaching your destination no later.
2. SELECT A VAN WITH START STOP TECHNOLOGY
Choose a van with start stop technology to reduce fuel consumption. 10 secs of idling equals one start up of the engine. A vehicle idling for one hour will consume approximately 1.0 - 1.2 litres of fuel per hour. That is an awful lot of fuel savings over a year.
3. CORRECT TYRE PRESSURE
Slightly deflated tyres result in increased rolling resistance, putting more stress on the engine.
Tyres that are 15 psi (1 bar) under inflated, lead to 6% greater fuel consumption. Added to this, the thread's life expectancy can be reduced by 25%.
4. WARMING UP YOUR ENGINE
Stationary warming up is not required these days. Drive off straight away but do it gently until the engine warms up.
5. SELECT A VAN WITH CRUISE CONTROL
Set cruise control to 60mph on motorways for more controlled smoother use of fuel. Increasing cruise control from 65mph to 75mph results in 20% more fuel consumption.
6. USE GEARS WISELY
Being in the highest gear possible without labouring the engine is a fuel efficient way to drive. Vans these days have an indicator on the dash telling the optimal moment to change gears.
7. CHECKED YOUR OIL?
Correct oil viscosity and clean oil leads to better fuel efficiency. Make sure you also check your oil level regularly.
8. PARK UNDER SHADE ON HOT DAYS
Reduce having to initially blast your air-con to get the vehicle cooled down. It is very surprising how much fuel the air-con uses.
9. STREAMLINE YOUR VEHICLE
Where possible avoid adding your equipment on the roof rack. Improve aerodynamics by placing your equipment in the van.
Even an empty roof rack on a standard size vehicle doing an average of 65 mph, reduces fuel efficiency by up to 5mpg.
10. LET GRAVITY BE YOUR FRIEND
Take your foot off the accelerator when going downhill, let gravity do the driving. Avoid dipping the clutch (coasting) as this puts the vehicle in tick-over mode and uses fuel.
11. USE OF AIR CONDITIONING
There are times when 'turning off your air-con' is simply not an option. We get that, however, one small trick that can help is to turn off your air-con a few minutes before your destination. Cool air will continue to blow into the vehicle for a few more seconds, while the cool air in the vehicle should retain long enough until you arrive.
12. FUEL HAS ITS OWN WEIGHT
A litre of Petrol = 0.7kg
A litre of Diesel = 0.9kg.
The average fuel tank of a van is 95 litres, this equates to an added weight of 66kg for Petrol vans and 85kg for Diesel ones, when full. So if you often pass a fuel station, consider filling her up halfway to reduce over all weight and save on fuel.