As the world is going through a major environmental crisis, more businesses are looking for effective as well as budget-friendly ways to slowly transform their operations to reduce their carbon footprint. Or in this case, their carbon wheel-print, if you will.
From partnering up with environmentally-conscious suppliers, ensuring various green initiatives, all the way to switching to hybrid vehicles, businesses can indeed go a long way in changing their impact on our humble planet through smarter, wallet-friendly fleet management solutions.
Rely on tech to optimize routes
Certain factors are beyond your control, such as sudden traffic jams, unexpected road maintenance, and the like. As much as you educate yourself on taking roads that are less crowded than others or that are the most suitable for your drivers, technology can be an even better judge of the situation. With simple GPS systems, your fleet can make it much easier for them to choose better routes.
Even in case of an unexpected situation on the road, the gear can help them navigate and find alternate routes in a matter of minutes. Plus, using GPS to track your drivers also means they will know that their driving routes are monitored, giving them an extra “nudge” to drive carefully and to choose the most optimal way to reach their destination.
Regular maintenance saves the day
It’s safe to say that vehicle maintenance is on your to-do list on a regular basis and you already understand how it can impact the quality of your services. However, regular truck and car maintenance also plays a vital role in the sustainability of your fleet and your business. When your vehicles perform poorly due to irregular and improper maintenance, you risk increasing your carbon footprint significantly.
That is why you need to keep track of the performance of each vehicle in your fleet. Find trusted mechanics who will perform thorough maintenance on your trucks and ensure that they are safely back on the road, with no leaks, with all the wear and tear repaired, and old parts replaced.
Upgrade your current fleet
A slightly more significant step forward in your fleet management efforts, and one that has the potential to truly change your effect on the environment is purchasing new vehicles when you know that your current ones will no longer cut it.
When you’re looking for trucks for sale to upgrade your fleet, be mindful of each truck’s engine specifications in order to find the makes and models that reduce emissions and consequently your carbon footprint. Whether you decide to go for new or used trucks depending on the size of your business and the investment you’re willing to make, it’s always vital to go with trusted models with planet-friendly engines.
Incentivize eco-friendly driving practices
Beyond what you do with your fleet, you can have a major impact on your sustainable practices by implementing the right education and training for the drivers. After all, they are the ones who will ultimately make the most of each truck at your disposal and ensure that they drive in accordance with your eco-friendly initiatives.
From the moment you onboard new drivers, start by sharing certain common tips they can keep in mind such as gentler braking, no speeding, and less engine idling time. All of these simple changes can reduce fuel consumption, preserve your trucks for years, and reduce maintenance costs down the line. Finally, incentivize and reward eco-driving regularly, so that more people will keep up with the good work.
Trust your telematics data
Beyond the use of simple GPS software, you can go ahead and invest in more complex, but far more effective telematics solutions that provide insights into your fleet in real time and help you analyze the data to your advantage.
These tools can track so much more than location: engine light, wiper activation, air temperature, fuel consumption, harsh braking, etc. This comprehensive data can help you reward eco-driving but also make data-driven decisions for more sustainable fleet management.
If you, too, are in search of methods to specifically transform the transportation segment of your business, keep these tried and tested methods in mind. Hopefully, they’ll allow you to reduce your carbon footprint and to expand your budget for other green initiatives across the board.
By guest author, Mike Johnston