Driving for Fuel Efficiency is linked to Reducing Accidents

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Fuel Efficiency

There has been much research over the years regarding the impact on fuel, speeding and road safety.   The faster the speed, the more chance of a road accident and, worse, the more severe the impact of the crash.  Road safety campaigns for years have told us that even 10km over the speed limit dramatically increases the impact of a car accident.  However, research has also looked at the impact of driving styles on the likelihood of car accidents.

Aggressive driving styles are categorised as drivers who show signs of harsh acceleration, harsh breaking, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic and driving in higher revs.  For example, stopping and taking off at traffic lights are one of the key times in which drivers either allow sufficient time to reduce and increase speed, or whether they brake late (and harshly), and take off aggressively.

Research from Monash University reports that simply making the right changes to a driving style, drivers can save 5-10% in fuel use, and some drivers have even reached 20% reduction in fuel use.  Imagine a 10%-20% reduction in fuel use across your entire fleet!  Using a fleet management service, such as Telemax, your business can track staff driving styles with reports and real-time alerts on harsh braking and harsh accelerating.  The more harsh driving events, the more likely your drivers are increasing your unnecessary fuel costs!

Harsh driving reports enable managers to identify training needs in best-practice driving, driver accountability requirements and non-compliance with acceptable driving standards – helping drivers and the company have a safer, more efficient fleet.

However the benefits of identifying harsh driving are not just reduction in fuel costs.   The advantages also provide a much-needed reduction in car accidents and the associated costs.

Monash University also reported research into a training scheme implemented by corporate fleet which sought to reduce harsh driving.  The result of the changed driver styles found “35% fewer accidents, 22% higher fuel costs per accident, 28% less fleet driver-induced accidents, 50% less CO, 31% less CH and 23% less NOx”.

Another company training program was reported to have achieved 11% fuel cost reduction over 4 years, and 35% improvement in fleet car accidents. Separately, the research also found that using a cruise control system prevents inadvertent speeding resulting in around 5% reduction of fuel use and likely decrease in the number and severity of car crashes.

Ensuring smoother driving isn’t just an issue of business profit, it’s a matter of safety for the entire company.  A simple plus-and-play gps tracking device can bring critical driver information to your desktop, historical and real-time, so you know exactly where the danger points are.

Do you want to reduce your fuel costs and increase awareness in driver behaviour – for only $29.95 per month – you will get the Telemax GPS Fleet Management system, no data charges and Telemax’s real-time 3G GPS Fleet Tracking device.

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