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Is there a solution to rising fuel costs?

Do you ever feel that soaring fuel prices mean your business is running to stand still? You're definitely not alone. The price of fuel is one of the single most important influences on future fleet strategy.

But the following tips provided by AllStar can help reduce your outgoings on fuel and make a positive impact on your bottom line, no matter how big your fleet or where in the country you drive.

* Pump up your tyres. 
Under-inflated tyres cause a car's engine to work harder so it's important that tyre pressures are checked regularly. According to nationwide research conducted by Kwik-Fit, 69% of cars are being driven on under-inflated tyres which is wasting almost £1billion a year in excess fuel costs.

* Use regular fuel
Encourage drivers to buy regular unleaded as opposed to 'performance' fuels since the price per litre is considerably cheaper and, with the exception of some prestige vehicles, it won't have any impact on engine performance.

* Conduct price checks
Make fleet drivers aware of where they can buy the cheapest fuel, either locally or en route to their destination, AllStar's fuel price locator is an online tool that enables drivers to search for the best fuel prices nationwide and therefore plan fuel stops accordingly.

* Buy wisely
Fuelling up at a supermarket will be considerably cheaper than using a motorway service station and could save a driver £££s every time they refuel. Multiply this saving across your fleet and it could really impact on your bottom line. AllStar also suggests that if drivers cannot avoid re-fuelling at a more expensive site then they should only purchase a small amount of fuel and then fill-up later where the pump price is cheaper.

* Consider using a fuel card
Many fleet operators manage their fuel costs through the use of fuel cards, which enable drivers to make savings at petrol stations across the card network. Using a fuel card as opposed to paying your fleet drivers a fixed pence-per-mile rate can also ensure you're able to claim back 100% of your business fuel VAT because you don't have the problem of lost fuel receipts.

What's more, card reporting provides visibility of your company's fuel spend and allows you to target drivers who are making expensive fuel stops unnecessarily.

If you're not using fuel cards for your business, why not take AllStar's fuel card challenge, and use their online tool to calculate the potential savings you could be making across your fleet.

* Choose the right fuel card
The effectiveness of any fuel card system depends on the reach of the card network. If your drivers have to deviate off their route to use their fuel card, they're actually using more fuel, incurring more wear and tear on their vehicle and wasting precious man-hours. 

AllStar's market leading network gives drivers access to 100% of major fuel brands across 8,000 sites nationwide, from supermarkets to motorway service stations. If you're using a fuel card with smaller network coverage and therefore drivers are forced to go out of their way to use their card, what's the ultimate cost to your business?

AllStar's route deviation calculator can give you some idea. UK pump prices have soared to almost record levels, and since fuel accounts for around 25% of a vehicle's running costs, these are challenging times for fleet operators. But these tips and online tools provided by AllStar can help reduce your costs and keep your fleet on the road.