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April 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 150

With the price of gas skyrocketing, it's more important than ever to ensure that your chauffeured transportation fleet has the best fuel efficiency it can to save your business money. By implementing fuel efficiency measures, you'll not only save green, but you can also emphasize to clients that you've gone green, a move many clients appreciate. Here are a few tips on how to optimize your chauffeured fleet's fuel economy.

Proper Maintenance Proper maintenance for your company's cars can encourage your fleet to maintain optimal fuel consumption. Your fleet should be checked regularly for proper fluid levels, appropriate tire pressure, and any worn down parts. In addition, your cars, limousines, and busses should follow their recommended maintenance schedules to replace the parts that wear down over time and make for less efficient cars.

Implement a No Idling Policy Though starting up a car does use a burst of gas, it's no more than you would use with 30 seconds of idling. Instead of letting your fleet idle and waste gas on keeping the engine purring and the air conditioning on, implement a no idling policy. Have your chauffeurs turn their vehicles off whenever they will be waiting for more than the briefest moment. Clients are unlikely to notice the difference, but your accounting department will.

Emphasize Smooth Driving Though your chauffeurs are already excellent at what they do, they may fall into some of the same traps that civilians do when it comes to fuel efficient driving, especially when clients aren't around. Encourage your drivers to do what they can to maintain steady speeds, including lessening the impact of starting and stopping by using the breaks lightly and early and the gas slowly and gently whenever a stop seems imminent. Discourage speeding in all instances: going above 55 to 60 mph creates a denser air flow for the vehicle to go through, making it use more gas to maintain higher speeds. (Plus, nobody needs the cost of a speeding ticket!) Also discourage following other vehicles at close proximity, no matter the traffic; following too closely forces your chauffeurs to break and use the gas more frequently, thus ruining your vehicles' fuel economy.

There's an App for That Smartphones have given us a whole new world of easily accessible technology, some of which can help your fleet to track and improve their fuel efficiencies. Gas mileage trackers can help to find subtle changes in fuel efficiency, which can alert your maintenance team that there might be an underlying mechanical issue. Other apps are able to notify your chauffeurs of traffic issues and ongoing construction, find alternative routes, and even determine when lights are likely to change so that your drivers can alter their driving to stop less frequently.

D. Bacher is the CEO of Topper Worldwide, an Atlanta limo service and global chauffeured transportation provider. Founded in 1996, Topper remains a family owned and operated business, providing a level of service that is unrivaled in the transportation industry. From global corporate transportation to local Atlanta party bus rentals, Topper Worldwide is large enough to accommodate groups for any type of private or corporate events, but small enough to provide the boutique feeling that Topper has become synonymous with.

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