One of the primary expenses for road transport is fuel. How can one minimize fuel consumption to cut the cost of road transport? This is a question that every logistic company battles with. The cost of fuel is tied to the environment and the economy.
You can reduce fuel consumption by promoting efficient driving and management, among other factors.
Efficient Management and Driving
Road transport is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emission but with increasing awareness and corporate responsibility, logistic firms are increasingly trying to protect the environment by taking short routes that reduce travel time, hence reducing the emission of CO2.
By taking shorter routes, freight companies can save fuel and time. Experts in the transport industry and environmentalists recommend that drivers and their employees take this approach to save fuel and protect the environment.
Efficient management will also entail proper fleet maintenance, which entails general servicing, checking tires, making sure licenses are up to date, and ensuring the necessary documentation is acquired. It will also involve maximum utilization of the vehicle load, ensuring that the truck’s capacity is not exceeded.</p>
Overloading can result in tire wear and tear and higher fuel consumption. When you overload, the truck’s engine must make a higher power output, which in effect increases fuel consumption. This will, in turn, increase the emission of hazardous gases.
Underloading should be avoided, as well. Having too little cargo in a truck will have a knock-out-effect on transport costs.
Road Transport Planning
Planning and management of road transport narrow down to staff training. Drivers need to be trained on how to drive more efficiently to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions. Professionals call this eco-driving, and it’s known to yield benefits such as fuel saving. You can cover longer distances with a tank of fuel.
Eco-driving is also closely tied to lowering maintenance costs. When drivers take up effective driving, they will take great care of brake systems, tires, and other parts that are susceptible to wear and tear.
Driving skills under specific weather conditions and terrains are necessary for effective and efficient road transport. Drivers should be trained on how to take manoeuvers without increasing fuel consumption or damaging tire or engine conditions.
Taking time to plan the best route is another important aspect of freight planning. The objective is to ensure that the distance is the shortest and accessible for transit vehicles. Planning provides flexibility while offering efficient services and respecting the environment.