Protecting the Environment – Noise Pollution
Be fuel efficient back at base
When you return to your base you should park up so your vehicle will not require manoeuvring the next morning when the engine is cold. This way the vehicle is ready to drive off, saving fuel.
You should also fill up at the end of each day rather than at the beginning. It avoids queuing at the pumps with a cold idling engine the next day.
Simply ensuring your fuel cap is tightened can save fuel. Loose fitting fuel caps are the cause of up to 30 gallons of lost fuel per vehicle per year! Accurate measurement of fuel use is essential to monitor any improvements and should be recorded.
Finally: Reporting vehicle faults is extremely important. A vehicle that’s mechanically efficient means it’s fuel efficient too.
Road transport is an essential industry, but more and more people in the UK are having their lives affected by intrusive traffic noise. So whenever you’re behind the wheel of a goods vehicle you must drive it responsibly and in a way that minimises damage to the environment.
Loading and unloading
When driving and working in areas which are in close proximity to others, especially in the early morning or late at night:
- Use a defensive driving style to minimise engine, body and suspension noise
- Ensure all loads are properly secured and, where appropriate, covered
- Avoid excessive revving of the engine and switch it off during delivery operations, using off-street service areas wherever possible
- Observe local routing requirements and avoid rat-runs along unsuitable roads
- If delivering from the kerbside, use designated loading bays, park as close to the kerb as possible and avoid double parking