December 21st marked the start of the Winter Solstice, known as the first day of winter.
As Canadians, we know that the official first day of winter is a tad mundane, as winter begins for us long before the set date on the calendar.
Shoveling snow, driving in the snow, groaning about the snow, is a part of our experience as Canadians. If you manage a fleet and have to commute as part of your day-to-day life, you understand the importance of taking care of your vehicle.
As much as snow is an integral part of our existence, your fleet’s fuel choice is pivotal in its efficiency. As such, choosing the right kind of fuel is essential. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some factors that affect fuel choice.
The Five W’s
Who: Fleets vary depending on roles, driving style and expectations. For example, someone who drives the company vehicle would most likely use the vehicle a lot less frequently than a truck driver. The fuel consumption would also be vastly different.
When: What time of day are your drivers typically out on the roads? How often do they drive? Both of those factors impact the fuel choice. Someone who drives more often would use a lot more fuel and the costs would be greater.
What: What will the vehicles be used for? Are they used to tow equipment, or are they used for tools and supplies? Vehicles that carry supplies or loads usually have different fuel requirements than cars that are designed to carry a few employees.
Where: Where is the vehicle travelling? Will it be long distances or shorter? Shorter distances are better suited to some fuels types than others.
Why: Why do your fuel choices matter? Are you trying to be more fuel efficient to save money or are your goals ecological?
Paying close attention to those five factors can help you save money in the long run when it comes to fuel consumption. Alternatively, choosing the incorrect type of fuel can lead to shorted vehicle lifespan, higher cost, lower efficiency and more vehicle repairs.
An Overview Of The Types of Fuel: Fuel For Thought
Gasoline: The most common type of fuel. Widely available and often cheaper at the pump, but often less fuel efficient than some other alternatives.
Diesel: Diesel is often the primary choice for medium and heavy duty trucks. Diesel often offers better fuel economy than gasoline.
Hybrid: hybrid vehicles have been designed to recharge the batteries through regenerative braking, which is a good option for fleets that travel small distances or in urban areas. It’s not the best option for those travelling on highways or long distances.
Electric: Electric vehicles offer zero carbon emissions, low fueling expenses and low maintenance, but because they rely on battery charging stations, finding them can be difficult if you’re travelling to remote areas.
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Roma Fuels has been providing fleet refueling services to customers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for over 50 years. Give us a call today at 1-877-656-4189 to find out more about our services or send us a message online.