Sustainability is now a key focus for every business. As we move toward a greener future, this is the time to start preparing your fleet.
Adding electric vehicles may be the best thing for your business, but you don’t have to start that big. There are many small actions you can take to create a more sustainable fleet. With every step of your green fleet strategy, you can contribute to a healthier earth.
How to create a green fleet
Right-size your vehicles
Bigger, heavier vehicles consume more fuel and create more emissions. Evaluate your fleet needs to find the ideal vehicle size for all of your drivers and work. Replace less-efficient vehicles with options that perfectly fit your needs.
Optimize fuel consumption
If you aren’t switching to electric or hybrid vehicles, you can still limit your fossil fuel use. Track and address issues with idling, speeding, and other actions that waste fuel. Use intelligent routing to optimize the number of miles driven. These simple actions can keep your fleet on the right track to sustainability.
Follow maintenance schedules
Reducing unnecessary waste is an important part of sustainability. Keeping up with vehicle maintenance lengthens your vehicle’s lifespan. It also prevents breakdowns and costly repairs. When they’re in good shape, vehicles consume less fuel and oil. They will run as intended, lowering the risk of accidents and any resulting repair work involved.
Keep drivers involved
Green policies are more effective when drivers are invested in the results. Include information about sustainability in your training sessions to keep them aware of your efforts and intended results. You can also use gamification to encourage interest in these policies. The more your drivers do to contribute to your green fleet, the better your results will be.
If you want to reach your goals, you have to track your progress. With a telematics solution, you can see how well your fleet is performing and if drivers are following your policies. You can use your data to set attainable goals. If you see that your fleet is struggling in certain areas, you can use this information to focus your efforts on those goals. As you rely more on your data, you can sharpen your efforts to make your strategies a success.