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Ten Fuel-Saving Tips From Top Fleet Industry Expert

Gaithersburg, Md. — February 1, 2006 — Fuel costs are soaring and unlikely to tank any time soon, so the best way to cut your expense is to modify your driving habits and maintain your vehicle in peak condition.

According to Paul Lauria, President of Mercury Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in fleet policies and operations for federal and state agencies, "Even before the current spike in oil prices, we advised fleet managers to adjust their driving patterns to contain costs by combining trips and placing more emphasis on driver training. Our tips to fleets to control fuel costs apply to all drivers."

The following ten tips will help virtually anyone who is feeling drained by fuel costs. Following these guidelines saves money, enhances the performance of your vehicle while increasing its residual value, improves driver safety, and is beneficial to the environment.

  • Plan ahead to avoid making multiple trips.
  • Avoid traveling during periods of peak traffic congestion.
  • Perform regular preventative maintenance.
  • Keep your tires inflated properly.
  • Turn off the engine if you will be idling for an extended time.
  • Avoid "jack rabbit" stops and starts.
  • Drive at speeds that maximize fuel efficiency.
  • Anticipate traffic flow by looking beyond the vehicle directly in front of you.
  • Use cruise control to maintain constant speeds when highway conditions permit.
  • Reduce "drag" on your vehicle by using the air conditioner rather than rolling down windows.

Of course, the best way to lower your fuel costs is to avoid a trip altogether. And you will realize benefits to your health if you bike or walk rather than drive to nearby destinations.

Professional consultants at Mercury Associates have advanced certifications and education in all areas of the fleet industry and provide consulting services to both the public and private sectors. In the fleet industry alone, Mercury consultants have over 300 years of combined experience and have undertaken projects for more than 250 clients.

About Mercury Associates

Mercury Associates, Inc. is the largest independent fleet management consulting firm in North America. Founded in 2002, Mercury consultants have provided consulting services to more than 500 private and public-sector organizations, including Fortune 500 companies such as ARAMARK, BNSF Railway, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Laidlaw, and Sprint; U.S. federal government agencies including NASA, the General Services Administration, and the departments of Homeland Security, Interior, and State; 33 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., including the 10 largest, and more than half the states. In 2006, Mercury Associates established an international affiliate program creating a network of partners to assist it in providing fleet management consulting services worldwide. Mercury Associates is a U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Small Business Administration certified small business enterprise. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Mercury Associates has consultants located throughout the U.S. For more information, visit


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