Environmental and sustainability issues are a priority for us at Tempcon and a simple way that everyone can contribute to reducing our emissions and at the same time creating a better working environment is to keep the right speed. Maybe you already today always keep the speed limits, but many of us may need to lighten the gas a bit in certain situations.
There are five strong reasons to lighten the gas. They are; 1) It’s good for the brand. A strong brand is often crucial for good profitability over time. Trucks and company cars with the company logo are a shop window where the company is exposed every minute in traffic. By behaving in an exemplary manner and keeping the right speed, you show your fellow road users that we are a serious player who follows rules and does not risk the safety of your fellow road users.
2) It is good for the economy. A heavy truck that drives 90 km/h instead of 80 km/h can pull up to 0.4 l/mil more, which drastically increases fuel costs. Not least today when we live with record high fuel prices. When you drive too fast, the wear on the crew also increases, such as tires and brakes. Which also leads to increased costs. There are also those who claim that full speed saves time. And of course, driving 90 instead of 80 saves you eight minutes on ten miles, but at the same time you have increased your costs, your risks and your environmental impact. Is it worth it?
3) It is good for the environment. As we all know, traffic on our roads accounts for a large proportion of carbon dioxide emissions that affect our climate. An important factor in this is the speed. An increase in speed from 80 to 90 km/h gives about ten kilos of extra carbon dioxide. Calculated in one year, tens of tonnes of extra, unnecessary emissions can be created. Reduced speed also results in less noise. A reduction of the average speed by 5 km/h reduces the noise by 20 percent.
5) It is good for the work environment. The faster you drive, the greater the stress surcharge you get. And working long hours under stress is seen as a work environment problem. Approximately one in four reported accidents at work has occurred in traffic. Traffic accidents are both a traffic safety problem and a work environment problem. At lower speeds, the risk of accidents with serious consequences decreases.
How do you drive? Take care and we will be seen in the traffic during summer.