Operating a vehicle in a more safe and sustainable way comes with many benefits. From a business perspective, elements such as better managed fuel expenditure, more efficient operations, and fit for purpose vehicles can result in reduced cost. Drivers should continually scan the driving space close to the vehicle and into the distance and use visual clues to predict possible hazards and prepare for situations that may arise. Effective scanning and planning can also help drivers to use smooth acceleration or deceleration to keep momentum. This can reduce fuel consumption and general vehicle wear and tear.
The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP), a government committee of independent experts, estimate that 29,000 premature deaths annually in the UK are linked to particulate pollution. This is in addition to the 1,700+ direct deaths from road casualties every year. Taking steps to increase safety and sustainability in the operation of fleets and ensuring that you are making the changes to comply with emissions requirements and Clean Air Zones (or Zero or Ultra Low Emission Zones) also provides an opportunity to be a leader in your industry.