‘Green Mentality’ means that we as trucking professionals take our responsibility to the environment seriously. As our client, Light Speed Logistics offers you premier service which gets your products to their destination on time and in an environmentally-conscious fashion. As a driver, if you choose to work for us, you know that your company believes in going green as much as you do. Green mentality is the wave of the future in trucking.
Many fleets have plans on how to help our industry go green through sustainability of resources. Since the industry relies on fuel to continue working, the most common plans emphasize the use of alternative fuels, reducing greenhouse gas effluvia or using lighter-weight and aerodynamically sound trucks to improve gas mileage.
Truckers and fleets have one general need: fuel. Fuel remains a top expense, no matter how the price of gasoline and diesel fuel drops. The bottom line is that savings in fuel costs through use of sustainability efforts adds to the effectiveness of any green campaign. In addition to the practical effects, the public image of Light Speed Logistics improves geometrically with customers and shippers. Everyone is involved in sparing the environment for the long haul.
Fleet managers, shop managers, and independent owner-operators can get busy right away to help their bottom line. The most basic plan means adhering to the tried-and-true methods of fuel conservation practices. By starting smaller on a local scale, the larger plan can wait until the moment is right to implement it. Let’s begin with a stricter engine idling policy, which saves thousands of dollars annually, also cutting emissions. Air filters protect your vehicle’s engine and improve gas mileage by an average of 4 per cent. Change them on a regular schedule. Even more impressive is the opportunity to improve mileage by up to 40 per cent by performing regular tune-ups and fixing serious engine problems promptly.
Moving on to another common cause of fuel waste is the incorrect grade of motor oil. Oil manufacturers recommend a certain grade for good cause, and you can improve your mileage by up to 2 per cent if you use the correct grade. In addition, “Energy Conserving” on the label means that the oil contains additives to reduce friction.
If engines are the lifeblood of green mentality, then tires are a close second. Studies show that under-inflated tires lower gas mileage by 0.4 per cent for every 1 psi drop in pressure for four tires, so imagine how much gas mileage is affected adversely by larger vehicles. Basically, inflated tires are safer and last longer.
Finally, the green mentality mindset of any driver must consider smart driving. Rapid accelerating followed by braking, or “jackrabbit starts,” wastes precious fuel. We all know that speeding or aggressive driving can lower mileage by 33 per cent. These tips learned in driving school ensure safety and fuel economy. With growing problems of climate change, Light Speed Logistics does its share on helping the environment by being a SmartWay certified carrier. With SmartWay, LightSpeed Logistics is able to operate with maximum efficiency and sustainability through use of key strategies to save fuel, reduce operational costs and protect the environment by reducing emissions.