Gas Saving Tips for Your Business

If you’re the owner of a small or big business, then the gas crisis must be burning a hole in your pocket. It’s not just individuals or families who are affected by the $4 a gallon gas prices. Business, whether large or small, is faltering. The economy is struggling. As a business owner, you are probably looking for ways to cut down on expenses. One of these expenses is gas.

Here are a few gas saving tips that you might want to consider for your business and your employees.
Make sure company vehicles are well maintained. Well-maintained vehicles need less gas. Make sure that the tires are pumped up correctly. Make sure your filters are in tip top condition. Even little things like making sure that the gas cap is on tight make a huge difference. Use less air conditioning. Why not try a gas credit card for company vehicles? That way you can monitor how much gas is really spent on a day to day basis. You can also take advantage of rebates and cash backs for your company.

Drive well. Contrary to popular belief, driving fast doesn’t save gas. Keeping your vehicles below 60mph will save you a lot of gas and get a lot of mileage out of your car. Don’t allow your drivers to idle when making deliveries or picking loads up.

Load well. A heavily loaded car uses more gas than one that is not as weighty. If your business doesn’t need all that junk in the trunk to do a job, bring only what is necessary.

Set an example. You can be the example for everyone to follow. Commute to work, bike or walk. Don’t drive your SUV. Drive something smaller or if you own a hybrid, drive your hybrid car. It’s easy to follow someone else’s lead and your employees might be inspired by what you’re doing.

Fix routes by following the shortest routes and use GSP systems to monitor where you are going. This is also a great way to avoid those traffic jams. Use shipping systems to deliver out of state orders instead of your usual delivery.

You can’t always help it but sometimes you just have to raise prices. It doesn’t have to be extreme. Why not charge a delivery fee if you delivered free before or include the added cost in the item? As a business owner, you have to make this important decision that will save you gas expenses in the future.

Try asking your employees to commute. Set up a reward system or a rebate for those employees who commute, walk or bike to work. If that doesn’t work, why not reduce office time? Test a four day work week. If you can afford to, why not let your employees work from home? This will save a lot of gas. Instead of driving or going out for meetings why not have meetings in office or over the web? Use webcams or conference calls for those out of state meetings.

Everybody is trying to save a little more on gas these days and that’s a valid concern. You can help out by using these gas saving tips for you business!

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