By Mike Johnston (Guest Writer)
The entire world has gone mobile: people travel more, move to different states, acquire goods from a distant part of the world. This has significantly increased traffic on a global scale and although it is wonderful that we stand witness to the world interconnecting in such a manner but there is a serious downside to it: the CO2 emissions have increased.
However, the necessity for human and cargo transportation is real and crucial for proper functioning and global development and the best way to approach to this topic, especially if you are a small business owner involved in the transportation business, is to find ways to protect the environment and still remain in business due to certain solutions being notoriously expensive. With that in mind, here are a couple of suggestions on how to plan your fleet’s expansion.
Embrace the power of technology
The advice to invest in something when you are trying to save money might sound strange but when it comes to technology, it makes perfect sense. Software solutions have helped different businesses save considerable amounts in the long-run which is exactly what your small business needs – a solid solution that would last.
When it comes to transportation business in particular, technology can help with tracking air temperature, monitoring fuel consumption, detecting harsh braking, and even wiper activation. Knowing how the truck is used and the state it’s in can help you strategize. With the help of technology, you can send the driver closest to the location to pick up something and provide clear instructions on the ‘greenest’ route. After you do some research, you will notice that the shortest route is not necessarily the eco-friendliest since shortcuts can be steep and this is when fuel consumption is great.
Choose fuel-efficient trucks
Acquiring new trucks for your fleet is not an economical venture but ‘cheap’ and ‘of good quality’ rarely come hand in hand. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot find a truck at a good price that can fulfill all your business expectations. Considering that the trucks are basic tools of your trade, it is to be expected that you need to spend a lot of time choosing the right additions to their fleet.
One of the biggest concerns for business owners is fuel-consumption, both in terms of the environment and the budget so if you need advice on which truck to choose, it is best to consult with experienced truck dealers. They often recommend Volvo trucks purchase not only because those vehicles are fuel-efficient and reliable but also because Volvo company is all about environmental responsibility, creating 90% recyclable trucks, and moving towards being CO2 neutral. This is how you will ensure good value for money and expand your fleet.
Don’t skimp on maintenance
If you are looking for ways to save money, skipping truck maintenance shouldn’t be on the list of your strategies. Not all breakdowns announce themselves with a little red light blinking on the dashboard in the driver’s cabin or by a strange sound coming emitted by the truck while it is on the road. You should keep in mind that the driver is not the only person responsible for the truck.
When it comes to turning a blind eye to regular maintenance, you put your drivers in danger and of course, if the truck breaks down unexpectedly, you risk the delivery being late which can affect your business reputation. Leaks and other issues, if they go undetected, can largely contribute to increasing the carbon footprint and also, you might end up spending more money on repairs at that stage than you would have paid for the regular maintenance. Skimping on important elements can have serious consequences and be detrimental to your business.
Your drivers are your partners in this
Smart technology and fuel-efficient vehicles will do little for your business if your drivers are not a part of your undertaking. They need to be informed that you are moving towards a ‘greener’ future that besides the choice of truck, some practices will be implemented that they should use when driving. It goes without saying that they should be careful about speed but not only for fear of breaking the law but also because they would spend the fuel quicker.
Also, harsh braking is not good for the trucks, general safety, and fuel consumption as well so they need to strive to avoid it unless it is a strategy to avoid a bigger issue. Another common problem that is disregarded is purposeless idling – drivers sometimes do this but what you might not know is that this idling spends a lot of fuel.
It might seem complicated but balancing a growing demand for transport and a need to protect the environment is achievable if you are committed and resolute. And with more and more companies joining the movement every year, striking this balance would be even easier.
About the author: Mike Johnston is an avid creative writer and blogger. He is a regular contributor to the Smooth Decorator blog. Mike’s specialty is home improvement, but he also loves writing about business, entrepreneurship, green living and sustainability. Mike’s goal is to create interesting and compelling content that will help readers navigate through these vast and ever-changing fields.