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Fuel Duty Increase may be postponed, but fuel efficient driving shouldn’t be

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has announced to the House of Commons that the planned 3 pence per litre rise in fuel duty will be postponed until next January.

Yet irrespective of this temporary reprise, many businesses are still suffering from the rocketing cost of fuel in the last year.

According to Graham Hurdle, managing director of E-Training World, not enough companies are taking action to reduce their fuel usage, perhaps believing they simply have to accept the costs, when improved driver behaviour could make an important difference.

“Fuel efficient driving can reduce fuel bills by anything from 10% to 20% depending on how severe the problem was before, and how well each individual drives,” said Graham.

“But when you think that a typical company car driver, travelling 20,000 miles per annum could run up a fuel bill of around £2500 a year, a saving of let’s say 15% equates to £375. Multiply that across a fleet of 300 vehicles and you have an annual saving of over £110,000 simply by driving better.”

Graham explains that fuel efficient driving isn’t just about avoiding harsh acceleration and braking, and once other skills are in place drivers are often amazed at how efficient they can become.

“A lot of people simplify it down to braking and accelerating, but it’s about the causes for those actions and avoiding the need to do them in the first place that matters,” continued Graham.

“Our online eco-driving course talks about the importance of hazard perception; in other words spotting clues to hazards so that you can temper your driving in advance and not have to suddenly stop. It also looks at managing your speed at roundabouts and when reaching traffic lights so that you can pass smoothly through them, sometimes avoiding the need to stop.

“We also look at what causes a drain on fuel, such as underinflated tyres, roof racks that sit on the car unused, and heavy items in the boot that do not need to be there.

“Some people cynically dismiss these factors as not being impactful enough, and therefore do not provide drivers with training. But any ADI (approved driving instructor) will tell you it makes a dramatic difference.”

E-Training World’s online courses start at just £5 per login and take approximately 20 minutes.

For more information contact Jonathan Mosley, Director – Sales and Marketing on 0845 260 7998 or email