Trucking Tips: Going Green

June 12, 2017 10:41 pm Published by Comment

Summer is in full swing and the roadways are looking green and gorgeous all over the country. If you’re keen on enjoying the scenic views, you may consider doing your part to keep it that way. Let’s take a look at some quick tips for reducing pollution and promoting green trucking.

First, cut back on the idling. Many places already put a pinch on idling big rigs in efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and other noxious fumes. But you don’t have to be an environmentalist to appreciate the benefits of cutting off the engine. Beyond reducing harmful emissions exposed to yourself and others, you’ll surely appreciate the savings in fuel and the reduced wear that low-speed running can cause. Don’t believe us? Read on here.

Second, keep your truck clean. We’re particularly interested in taking care of trash in the cab. Windows down are a great way to roll during the warm summers, but an unkempt cab can cause wrappers, trash, and even important logging documents be windswept right out the window. Whether you catch a ticket or not is debatable, but you can be sure your trash will get comfortable in that otherwise pretty median. If you like the wind in your hair like we do, please take a moment to clear your rig before doing so. And don’t forget to cut off that A/C – leaving it on isn’t going to cool the planet any quicker.

When it comes time to take a break, make sure to check that your tire pressure is where is should be. A shortage of just 10psi is enough to reduce fuel efficiency by .05 – 1%. That’s quite an effect considering the fuel we burn and the miles we travel. And while you’re at it, make sure any wind deflectors or trailer skirts are secure – for efficiency and safety! If you aren’t using them, consider the costs and savings.

While the rest of the world is waiting for electric rigs, autonomous platooning, and other next-generation technologies, savvy truck drivers are already driving green (and saving green) by following these tips. If you’d like to do either, please do! Your wallet and our planet will appreciate it.

Want to learn more about trucking tips and industry news – green or not? Stay tuned to the Smith blog.

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