ALD Automotive: "Spiralling fuel prices affecting business drivers"

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With the average UK fuel price at a record high of £142.42/litre for petrol and £147.84/litre for diesel, the survey highlights the changes that UK business drivers have made to reduce their overall spend on fuel.  The survey showed an acceptance of onboard vehicle technology (telematics) as a tool to help boost fuel efficiency.

The survey found that out of the 1000 UK business drivers asked, 50% shop around for the cheapest fuel prices, 20% reduce their driving miles and 65% have adopted economy driving as a way of containing such hikes.

The results highlight not only a shift in driver behaviour to improve fuel consumption, but more significantly, the growing acceptance of onboard telematics technology to assist business drivers in achieving related targets. Drivers also appreciate improved vehicle safety as a result of the advance servicing notifications available to them. @[email protected]

With increasing demands placed on businesses to manage fuel consumption, reduce risk and CO2 emissions, ALD Automotive’s ProFleet2 telematics solution (launched in 2004), confronts such issues by utilising telematics that record vehicle and journey data. With driver consent, authorised parties such as a fleet manager can then remotely access this data for reporting and educational purposes.

Commenting on the survey results, Keith Allen, managing director of ALD Automotive UK, said: 'As one of the UK’s largest car leasing companies, we have noticed a significant increase in interest from businesses and drivers who want to reduce their fuel consumption”. Keith Allen concludes: “It‘s no surprise that drivers are taking additional steps to save fuel, whether it be through shopping around for the cheapest price, or changing the their driving behavior.  What is encouraging is that telematics is being embraced by drivers who recognise the role technology can play in helping reduce fuel consumption.'

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