Did you know that each gallon of gasoline you burn releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere? Carbon dioxide emitted from vehicles is a major contributor to global climate change. So, what can you do to “green” your business and help protect the environment? Educate your employees on the environmental impacts associated with greenhouse gases and encourage fuel-efficient driving.
Fuel-efficient driving not only helps to reduce the spread of pollution emitted by vehicles, but also lowers fuel consumption, bringing one of your major operating costs down. In support of Earth Day, we have compiled a list of green driving tips to help your business reduce its carbon footprint and save more on fuel:
- Take the most efficient routes – Providing your employees with optimized routes can save you up to 15 miles a week, according to a Commercial Carrier Journal article. Fleet tracking technology can take all locations/stops in a driver’s itinerary and create the shortest route. Dispatchers can also re-route your drivers around traffic congestion or road delays quickly and easily. Less time on the road means less fuel consumed.
- Turn off your engine – 30 seconds of idling wastes more fuel than restarting the engine, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). If you’re unsure if idling is an issue within your fleet, you can utilize a fleet tracking solution to find out. Automated reports and alerts will help you pinpoint vehicles that are excessively idling, so you can hold your employees accountable.
- Keep your speed down – Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) can lower gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and 5% around town, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). With a fleet tracking solution, you can monitor and reduce aggressive driving behavior. Driver behavior reports also rank your top and bottom performers, so you can determine who is practicing fuel-efficient driving and who needs more coaching.
- Keep your vehicles maintained – You can improve gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping tires inflated at the proper pressure, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). To help ensure your vehicles are receiving proper routine maintenance, you can implement a fleet tracking solution that comes equipped with an automated maintenance module. You can receive email or text notification when vehicles are due for maintenance.