Truck transport is going to remain a preferred method for freight transport for a long time yet so we have decided to adopt a few practices that help manage our influence on the planet and also help to keep us competitive in an ever changing landscape.
Invest In Equipment
Keeping our fleet current benefits us in a few ways. First, newer technology has improved fuel economy which helps both our bottom line and the environment. Second, through data crunching and many years of experience have shown us that once a truck hits it’s mileage threshold (everyone is different) the maintenance costs start to pile up.
Regular maintenance can help keep your trucks on the road, drivers safer and lower your carbon footprint. Although distracted driving has made a rise as a common reason for truck incidents the best way to prevent events is through regular maintenance. A good proactive maintenance program keeps your costs lower, keep your companies reputation high and minimize your contribution to climate change.
Route Optimization is the process of determining the most cost-efficient route. It’s more complex than simply finding the shortest path between two points. It needs to include all relevant factors such as the number and location of all the required stops on the route. Through route optimization we are minimizing wear and tear on equipment, ensure a speedy delivery time and minimizing our environmental effect through less fuel usage and idle time.
When a truck idles, it can consume a full gallon of fuel per hour. Furthermore, the American Trucking Association reports that one hour of idling per day over a full year results in the equivalent of 64,000 miles in engine wear.
By reducing idle time, trucks could save significant amounts of fuel and lower their impact on the environment.