Volvo’s best practice
Managers as well as drivers can increase safety and productivity and lower fuel consumption, for the benefit of themselves, their customers and those sharing the road. Here are Volvo’s top 10 tips:
1. Trip plans:
• Seek flat roads or a route that minimises heavy engine or brakes use
• Get latest updates on road, traffic and weather conditions
• Try to avoid rush hours.
2. Vehicle checks:
• Daily routine pre-journey checks covering front to rear, interior and exterior, including mirrors and seat positions, plus check that vehicle runs normally.
3. Avoid overloading:
• It is directly linked to the vehicle’s fuel consumption
• Be aware of the legal load limit and the maximum safe capacity of truck.
4. Health and body:
• Always get enough rest and try to relax before long-distance driving
• Stretch before a long journey to improve blood circulation and reduce aches and pains while driving
• If tired on the road, take a break!
• Stay hydrated.
5. Constant speed:
• Where safe, use cruise control
• Keep speed as low as is practical
• Avoid strong and sudden use of brake and accelerator.
6. Minimise gear shifting:
• Maximise top gear usage. Do not shift down too early when slowing
• If conditions allow, use skip shifting to reach normal cruising speed.
7. Coast like a pro:
• Back off the accelerator – let the truck roll
• Keep brake applications to a minimum and maintain a safe momentum
• Take advantage of the topography or terrain.
8. Minimise idling:
• Park brake on, engine off!
9. Regular vehicle maintenance:
• This can reduce costs of wear and tear, and the need for repairs
• Keep vehicle in prime operating condition
• Conduct a comprehensive check every week.
10. Always be safe!
• Plan your route and, where possible, avoid bad weather conditions and traffic congestions
• Conduct proper and regular checks/maintenance
• Do not overload vehicle
• Do not use your mobile phone while driving
• Avoid alcohol before or during the drive
• Keep to a safe cruising speed without sudden braking or acceleration.