Applying a green approach to your fleet business has tangible advantages and benefits. Since a quarter of vehicle emissions come from fuel consumption, driver style, fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance are key factors to look at when greening your fleet. Starting with governmental regulations and standards looking towards a greener society, incentives and tax rebates are normally promised to suppliers and retailers for promoting a green operation. There are normally incentives for buying greener vehicles and lower taxes and duty on alternative fuels. The best ways to turn your fleet green are:
Subscribing to a Green Fleet Policy
As a fleet owner or manager, there should be a clear policy to follow. This policy could be from, an association of green economy enthusiasts, or a government regulatory policy on all fleet operations. Strict adherence to the policy statements and clauses will help in reducing both emissions and you carbon footprint. You must have an agreement on clear implementation procedures with proper checks and balances.
Practicing Fuel Efficiency
As a fleet operator, you need to understand the consumption of fuel in your vehicles per liter to distance covered. By using fuel cards and drivers’ mileage logs, you will be able to calculate the fuel efficiency of your fleet and if you have the right vehicles for the business. You can also tell whether your drivers go long distances and the suitability of the vehicles in terms of return on investment and vehicle usage.
A green fleet is mostly defined as efficient vehicles and fuel-saving costs which ultimately saves money. Having a new well-maintained fleet ensures a lower carbon footprint and its impact on the environment, thus allowing you to play your part in environment conservation. Appropriate training and making sure you hire responsible staff to handle your vehicles, up to and including maintenance staff also will help reduce costs and thus save on money.
With the advent of new technologies, scheduling driver’s routes and planning fuel consumption has been made easier. You are able to optimize your vehicle use and reduce mileage. This is essential for fuel efficiency. By planning your routes, the vehicles scheduled maintenance and fuel checks can be carefully monitored and logged for performance review overtime. Eyerideonline gives a clear illustration of planning.
As part of improving fuel efficiency, employing and training good drivers is important. Drivers who show good anticipation, gentle breaking, and fluent gear changes help ensure efficient fuel consumption on the car and overall maintenance of the vehicle. Prudent application of basic and skillful driving education to your team of drivers ensures good vehicle use.
The use of oils and coolants in the maintenance of fleet vehicles should be as per the manufacturers provided schedule. New and recycled oils and coolant must follow the warrant specifications for fewer emissions and efficient vehicle engine operations. These warranty schedules should also be reviewed time and again.
As a good fleet manager, you need to reduce and eventually eliminate fuel emissions while maximizing your returns on investments. A clean carbon footprint will be your contribution to the world’s green revolution.