Systems integrator Broadcast Networks has some advice for those looking to minimise OB costs as fuel prices around the world continue to soar.
“Reducing fuel consumption is better for the environment and better for broadcasters’ profit margins,” said MD Tom Haye (pictured). “In recessionary times it pays to think about how you can cut fuel costs – and it’s surprising how following our simple tips will really help keep fuel overheads down.”
Accordingly, Broadcast Networks has devised ten top tips for fuel savings:
Pick The Right OB Vehicle For the Job: The larger the truck, the more fuel it needs so where possible use a smaller OB vehicle.
Tighten Up Your Fuel Cap: Reduce evaporation by fully tightening the fuel cap (to the second click) every time you fill up.
Service Your OB Trucks: Regular services will ensure your truck is running efficiently, using less fuel and producing fewer emissions.
Check Your Tyre Pressure: Properly inflated tyres last longer and can also make your vehicle up to 3% more fuel efficient. When tyres heat up the pressure alters, so check them at least once a month when they are cold.
Drive Slowly and Smoothly: Drive smoothly because fuel consumption is increased through rapid acceleration, hard braking, stopping and starting and changing gear too frequently. Speed also has an impact: driving 55 miles per hour instead of 65 miles per hour can save up to 20% of fuel usage, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Don’t Be Conned By Your Air Con: Air conditioning, in-cab heaters, demisters and rear window heaters all use up fuel, so only use them when you really need them. According to the AA, using both front and rear demisters can increase your vehicle’s fuel consumption by as much as 6%, so employ elbow grease, a cloth and de-icer to clear frost and condensation.
Watch Your Weight: Every extra 100 pounds carried reduces fuel economy by roughly 2%. Therefore avoid carrying equipment you don’t need.
Don’t Be a Drag: Keeping windows closed when driving at speed will reduce resistance and save fuel. A properly-designed OB vehicle will be sufficiently aerodynamic to reduce drag to a minimum so it is worth investing in the best coach build you can afford.
Plan Your Route: Use a sat-nav with real-time traffic alerts to plan your route and avoid unnecessary traffic jams.
Be Smart When You Buy: Fuel prices vary from filling station to filling station so shop around using specialist websites that give accurate area by area fuel prices. Driving with a full tank increases vehicle weight so, unless you are on a motorway where fuel prices are much higher, apply the little and often rule when it comes to filling up.