A major criticism of any industry involving heavy duty, diesel vehicles is the environmental impact they have and their contribution to pollution. While this is a fair argument to make as the vehicle and engine size of heavy vehicles will make more pollution than a regular family vehicle, there are many ways that we can minimise environmental harm and adjust perceptions of truck and trailers as polluting vehicles.
Nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon are all released when fuel is burned, causing air pollution that leads to permanent lung damage in humans and wildlife. We take a look at how owners of heavy vehicles and fleets can reduce the impact that they have on the environment.
There are ways to drive your car that results in lower fuel usage and lower emission of air pollutants. Below is a list of suggestions for fuel-saving driving:
- Don’t speed. Travelling at 110km/h will use 25% more fuel than a vehicle travelling at 90km/h;
- Drive at a steady speed. Use cruise control features where safe to reduce speed fluctuations that use more fuel;
- Use air conditioning wisely. Aircon uses 10% more fuel and is more efficient than putting your windows down when travelling over 80km/h due to the drag created;
- Avoid peak hour routes. Travelling in stop-start traffic isn’t fuel-efficient and should be avoided to reduce fuel consumption;
- Keep tyres inflated properly. Tyres at the correct pressure can save up to 10% in fuel consumption and pump less pollutants into the atmosphere.
All drivers in a fleet should be briefed on the best way to drive for fuel efficiency and pollution mitigation.
Regular heavy vehicle maintenance
The best way to reduce the pollution from your heavy vehicle is to keep it in good condition. A well-tuned truck that undergoes regular maintenance will run smoothly and be less likely to give off a smoky exhaust. Dirty, worn and clogged vehicle parts increase harmful emissions; increasing the air pollution that the vehicle is responsible for.
Get in touch to discuss your heavy vehicle fleet, the potential environmental impact the vehicles are having and ways that we can make improvements. You can phone us on 08 9331 4066 or via email here.