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10 Ways You Can Make Your Fleet Eco-friendly

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As traffic increases it is important to make your fleet adhere the rules to make a greener impact on the environment.

Fossil fuels emit a lot of pollution and it is important to make sure your vehicles are not spitting out a lot of harmful effluents.

Large fleets in common use gasoline and diesel which contribute to carbon footprint which can be avoided if given enough care.

To increase vehicle efficiency, many fleets are using electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology.

It deserves appreciation that these companies adopt this kind of technology. Being eco-friendly doesn’t cost more.

As a matter of fact it keeps your vehicles fit and helps you save a lot of money. Listed here are some of the ways that you can make your fleet eco-friendly.

1) Responsible Drivers 

The maintenance of the vehicle is solely in the hands of the driver. When each driver feels responsible for the vehicle he is driving it makes a lot of difference.

You can reward drivers with an incentive for keeping their vehicle well maintained and pollution free. Drivers must be well educated about the importance of avoiding vehicle pollution.

Over speeding, harsh braking and pointless idling are some of the factors that a driver should make note of.

2) Optimized Routing  

Optimizing the route taken is one way to cater to the environment. Less distance covered means less fuel consumed in other terms lesser emission into the environment.

Unnecessary wastage of fuel and time can be avoided if the route taken is optimized. The simplest way to do this is to use GPS trackers to find the best route possible.

Locating the drivers closer to a pick up or drop point will help to reduce the running time.

3) Driving Smart 

The way your vehicles drive has a lot of impact on the amount of effluents that are discharged into the atmosphere.

A vehicle that is cruising and which is driven harshly makes a lot of difference.

Keeping up with the speed limits and not starting or stopping abruptly will have a significant impact on the vehicle’s overall health and emissions.

It is advised to use the cruise control features whenever possible.

4) Keep the Vehicle Tuned for Optimum Performance

Maintain your vehicle at all times. A poorly maintained vehicle consumes more fuel.

Check the air filters, carburetor, spark plugs and air levels regularly to make sure that the vehicle is in good condition.

A well maintained vehicle consumes less fuel and thus emits fewer pollutants. A regular check of the vehicle’s health status will help cut costs as well as decrease pollution caused by it.

5) Lighten Up the Extra Load

Although this is not possible always, it is advisable to remove the extra weight that your vehicle carries.

Extra items anchor your vehicle down and increase the usage of gas. Make sure to get that extra stuff off your vehicle with the exception of necessary items like spare tire and first aid kit.

You can see a bump in your fuel economy once you remove the excess weight from your vehicle. The more your vehicle weighs the more it consumes fuel.

6) Use Air Conditioners Only When Required 

Air conditioners take a toll on the vehicle fuel and should be used only when it is necessary.

We can agree to the fact that during summers it becomes necessary to use air conditions.

Using air conditioners increases the strain on the vehicle’s electrical system which makes the engine work harder leading to more consumption of fuel.

7) Tire Check

Make sure than your tires are well inflated and that they are properly maintained.

Under inflated tires reduce the mileage of your vehicles and affects the efficiency of your vehicles.

The principle behind this is that under inflated tires doesn’t run as efficiently as inflated one, so it takes more effort for your engine to move your vehicle forward.

Maintaining correct air pressure will save you a lot of money. So always opt to check the air pressure in your tires.

8) Regular Tune-Ups 

To ensure your vehicles reliability, fuel economy and longevity it is essential to keep your vehicle tuned up.

In every 5000 miles, an oil change is advised and must be the first thing to do.

This is because the components in your engine will not move as intended because the oil becomes more vicious after some time.

To operate them with less resistance oil should be used for better lubrication.

9) Upgrade Your Fleet

There are ways to upgrade your fleet without making it a cent percent electric.

Adding aerodynamics add-ons wouldn’t cost much and can reduce the costs by a significant percent.

A roof fairing or a gap reducer can reduce the costs up to 7 to 10 percent.

10) Check on Emission Systems 

Gas mileage can be improved by 40 percent if you fix a faulty engine. It is your car’s emission system that keeps the engine running efficiently and clean in all kinds of conditions.

If you keep it working properly you can help to protect the environment and also save money for you.

It is important to keep check on your emission systems as it releases harmful gasoline vapors.

Conclusion

Saving up on fuel is another matter but when it comes to environment it is the duty of each and every person to make sure that there are less carbon footprints.

There are various ways listed here by which you can ensure a greener environment.

This is a social responsibility and must be undertaken by managements that require a more efficient fleet under their control.

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