Most modern vehicles come equipped with a slew of gadgets and gizmos that are designed to enhance or simplify the driving process. Cruise control, in particular, is one feature that all fleet managers should take into consideration when expanding their fleet.
Cruise control has come a long way in recent times. While the systems of yesteryear would clumsily keep the vehicle at a roughly constant speed, adaptive cruise control can automatically adjust the vehicle's velocity in accordance with both nearby traffic and road conditions.
Cruise control can be an invaluable asset on country roads and major highways.
Despite the many benefits it offers, your drivers may be hesitant to use cruise control as the perceived loss of control is unnerving if they're unfamiliar with such a system. Admittedly, they probably won't make much use of the system on inner-city routes, but when travelling long distances on the New Zealand country roads or major highways, cruise control can prove to be an invaluable asset. Encourage your drivers to utilise cruise control where appropriate by informing them of these three benefits:
1. Fuel efficiency
Efficient management is the cornerstone of any successful fleet. This means not only making effective use of the vehicles at your disposal, but also coming up with strategies to ensure they operate as productively as possible.
You might arm your drivers with a business fuel card, but you'll still want them to operate their vehicles efficiently. Even the best drivers will be prone to pumping the gas at the lights or accelerating aggressively on occasion, both of which can significantly reduce the fuel efficiency of your fleet. Cruise control essentially removes this margin of error, allowing the vehicle to move at a constant speed and increase your fuel economy.
2. Driver comfort
Driving a long-haul route requires not only a good deal of mental concentration, but it can also be quite physically demanding. Sitting in the same position for hours on end, combined with constantly engaging the pedals, can leave your drivers feeling stiff and sore.
Cruise control can help to alleviate that. As the vehicle automatically remains at a constant speed, your drivers won't need to strain their legs as much, allowing them to simply steer their way to the destination.
There are few things as frustrating to a driver – and their fleet manager – as getting a speeding ticket. Cruise control, of course, allows the vehicle to stick to a prescribed speed, eliminating the risk of incurring such a fine.