Go Green at Work: Tips for an Eco-Friendly Fleet

By nature, fleet vehicles are often not the greenest vehicles on the road. Some fleet vehicles are less efficient because of the size required to perform a certain task, such as a large van or truck. Other companies may have a less efficient fleet because of the upfront costs associated with buying and maintaining new electric, hybrid, or mixed fuel vehicles.

If your company is looking to lessen your environmental impact, there are several ways to do so without dropping the cash required for a full hybrid fleet upgrade.

Here are some easy ways you can make your fleet more eco-friendly without busting the bank books.

Take Care of Your Tires

Tires can overheat when they are under-inflated because more of the tire surface is touching the road. If you don’t have a TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) in your tires, then check the pressure regularly, and require all company drivers to do the same. Tires lose air pressure in colder weather, so instruct your team to be even more mindful of the proper tire care during the winter months.

Tires should be replaced approximately every 50,000 miles. When vehicles within your fleet hit that point, upgrade to eco-friendly tires and slowly phase out the old sets. Fuel efficient performance tires, like all-season Continental Tires, lower rolling resistance and help cut down on CO2 emissions.

Recycle What You Can

When the time comes to replace an older fleet vehicle entirely, be aware that many parts of a car are recyclable and should be disposed of properly. Check out the EPA’s website to learn how to recycle your car or its parts. There are also several charities that will come pick up your car for free, leaving your business with a nice tax write-off.

Fill Up Green

During hot summer weather, encourage refueling in the mornings or evenings. Ask employees to install apps on their smartphones such as Gasbuddy or Gas Guru, which can help locate the lowest gas prices in the area.

Small Changes, Big Improvements

There are several modifications that you can make to a vehicle to increase its efficiency, and the costs range from minimal to high. One simple and inexpensive option is to remove or change the side mirrors to make the vehicle more aerodynamic.

The more gear your employees haul, the greater the fuel consumption. Encourage your team to only stock and bring what they need.

If your employees travel long distances each day, several apps are available to help create the most fuel- and time-efficient route on the road. Check out RouteXL, Route4Me or Speedy Route, which was created specifically for delivery vehicles.

Marie Hartung has 15 years’ experience as an HR Manager and Diversity Consultant. She’s conducted case-study research on employee motivation and designed and developed innovative programs to attract and retain talent. She lives in Monroe, WA.

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