Sometime last week, Lagosians were hit with the news of another looming Fuel Scarcity. Immediately, long queues emerged in filling stations as people struggled to fill their cars and kegs in preparation for the dreaded scarcity. Thankfully this was only just a scare.
However if the situation had gone on for longer, some car owners might just have given their drivers time off while they join public transportation to work because:
- They do not have the time and energy to queue up in filling stations
- They do not trust their drivers not to shortchange them by buying less than the agreed quantity.
You wouldn’t have to worry about situations like this if you are able to monitor the exact amount of fuel that goes in and out of your car daily.
With these 5 tips you can effectively do that:
- Monitor Traffic Ahead
Before setting out, it is advisable to keep an eye on traffic situations. That way you avoid being stuck in traffic and burn less fuel. There are many platforms eg Google Maps that help plan vehicle routing intelligently using traffic data, helping you to avoid congestion and taking the most efficient route.
- Avoid Over Speeding
Over Speeding, power take-offs, last-minute or excessive braking and unnecessary gear changing or clutching decreases the fuel economy of the vehicle. Even if you are in a hurry, try not to exceed the given speed limit. According to a study, every 5 mph driven over 65 mph represents a 7% decrease in fuel economy.
- Avoid Excessive Idling
An idling vehicle consumes about a gallon of fuel every hour meaning you get to spend a lot more. Pause to check if you really do need your engine running. If you don’t, turn it off because you are burning up fuel while you’re stationary.
- Avoid overfilling your tank
Overfilling your vehicle’s tank could be a bad idea sometimes. When your vehicle tank is filled to the brim it can easily overflow when the fuel is heated, either by the sun or fuel returned by the engine. Not only is this also dangerous to other road users, it is also wasteful.
- Use a Fuel Management System
A fuel management system helps you keep better track of your assets so you can realistically monitor fuel consumption whether the vehicle is in your possession or not.
Concept Nova’s FUEL MANAGER is an integrated remote monitoring solution that allows you detect the exact rate of fuel usage in Cars, Buses, Vans, Trucks, Construction machines, Air and sea vehicles. Its usage also extends to mobile and stationary tanks like Farms tanks and Diesel generators tanks.
It saves you and your company money and protects you against theft; it increases fuel optimization and overall productivity and also improves fuel efficiency while reducing operational and maintenance costs.
For more information, please visit www.concept-nova.com/Fuel-Manager or call 07026333742, 07046180256.