It’s probably fair to say that for most people 2020 was a year of going nowhere, literally and figuratively. Hopefully, 2021 will be the year people start to get moving again. With that in mind, here’s a lighthearted look at how brushing up on your driving skills can help your business to be more efficient.
Pay attention to your basic maintenance
Cars deliver the best driving experience when they’ve been properly maintained. What this means in practice depends partly on the type of car you have and partly on how you use it. This means that you need to get to know your specific car and your specific driving patterns and base your maintenance on them.
Likewise, in business, you should always be keeping an eye on your basic systems and processes and making sure that they are still running optimally. If they’re not, then you need to take action as quickly as possible to avoid a minor issue becoming a major problem.
Watch your fuel carefully
The more carefully you watch your fuel gauge, the quicker you’re likely to see if your supply is getting low. Likewise, the more carefully you watch your cash flow, the more quickly you’re likely to pick up on any issues with it.
In a car, you can refuel from an emergency source like a Red Diesel FuelBox. In a business, you can refuel in various ways, including getting a source of credit. This can, however, take time to organize, especially if you want a decent rate of interest. It’s therefore a good idea to start taking action long before you get anywhere near the critical stage.
Manage your speed
In a car, you should aim to cruise at a steady speed for as much of the time as possible. When you do change your speed, you should do so by increasing or decreasing the pressure on the accelerator. You should actively try to avoid sharp acceleration or braking as this wastes fuel and increases the wear and tear on your vehicle.
Likewise, in business, you want to keep everything moving smoothly as much as possible. When you need to increase or decrease capacity, you should do so in a planned, orderly way. You should try to avoid having to make last-minute decisions of any sort. At best, these will typically be expensive (due to the short lead-time) and at worst they will be rushed and poor.
Check your mirrors regularly
Most of the time you should have your eyes on the road in front of you. That’s how you spot what’s up ahead when you still have time to prepare for it. At the same time, however, you need to keep aware of the fact that you’re unlikely to be the only person on that road. You, therefore, need to check your mirrors regularly to see what’s going on to your sides and rear.
Prepare for turns
In a car, sharp turns not only burn fuel and create wear and tear, but they can also send everything in the car into disarray. This includes the driver and passengers. Sometimes, there’s no alternative to them. For the most part, however, you want to be preparing for turns and entering them slowly. This also applies to turning your business in a new direction.