BotThoughts: Using the Climate Crisis to Face Trucking's Tough Issues

Posted by Fernando Correa ● Apr 22, 2021 7:00:00 AM

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Looking at ways to reduce carbon emissions is a significant challenge for the trucking industry. Developing green shipping practices can make a big difference in limiting the need for fossil fuels, as millions of truck drivers cover countless miles each day. 

Understanding how to address these lingering trucking issues can create a much brighter future for the world without causing any disruptions in the shipping industry.


How to Lower Fuel Consumption

Green Fuel IconOne way the trucking industry can reduce its carbon footprint is to look at ways to lower fuel consumption. Many drivers can significantly reduce their truck's emissions by simply driving five miles per hour slower. 

A slower speed also results in fewer accidents and less fuel consumption. Typically, truck drivers can increase their fuel efficiency by at least 7% by driving slower. 

Drivers can further improve fuel efficiency by taking their time while starting and stopping, as this can result in lowering fuel consumption by 5 to 10%.

Freight carriers can further reduce fuel consumption keeping their trucks well-maintained and investing in hybrid technology. However, many fuel-efficient engines pose significant challenges due to an increase in operating costs and maintenance that can reduce overall profits. 

Future tech changes can play a key role in lowering fuel consumption while also helping to reduce operating costs for truck drivers.

Key Points

  • Driving 5 MPH Less Improves Fuel Efficiency by 7%
  • Slower Stop and Starts Improve Fuel Efficiency by 5%-10%
  • Development of New Hybrid Technology is Key to Being More Green and Lowering Costs


Improve Efficiency With Real-Time Tracking and Other Technology

trackingStaying up to date with the most recent tech trends is critical for the trucking industry to become eco-friendly and less reliant on fossil fuels. One way to lessen the carbon footprint is to use real-time tracking technology that allows you to know the exact location of a truck at all times.

Real-time GPS tracking will enable you to manage your shipping routes better and cut down on fuel costs. Using this technology is also one way to reduce deadhead return trips.

Other tech changes include improving the efficiency of an engine to keep a cabin temperature comfortable while idling by minimizing fuel consumption. These small changes can add up over time and make a big difference in improving fuel efficiency.

Additional innovations can also reduce emissions, such as exhaust system upgrades, wide-base tires, aerodynamic panels, and many other options.

Key Points

  • Real-Time Tracking Saves Time and Money
  • New Technology Lessens Fuel Usage While Idling
  • Additional Upgrades Can Further Reduce Emissions 


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Topics: Trucking industry