Martineau recently spoke to one of his successful clients, who said he’s always looking for ways to improve what he’s doing.
“He told me about his effort to cut fuel costs,” said Martineau. “I was surprised when he told me about the success of his Anti-idling campaign.”
Martineau has a vested interested in the success of Auto Glass Professionals.
“I have no business without healthy Auto Glass Professionals,” he said. “When they succeed, I succeed. Because we care about their bottom line – as well as the environment – we’re encouraging other auto glass installation companies to start their own anti-idling campaign.”
With many Auto Glass Companies, excessive idling is the result of habit. Sometimes, it is the direct result of Urethane technology that require temperatures over 185 degrees for safety.
However, Dow Automotive Systems offers technology that does not require excessive idling and that will help with sustainable auto glass installations.
Why is this? It is due to advancements in technology at Dow Automotive Systems, the world’s largest supplier of automotive adhesive.
What is an anti-idling campaign and why is it important?
Basically, an anti-idling campaign means not voluntarily idling the vehicle. This could mean turning it off when it is not in use – or in our case, not idling the vehicle to heat the urethane to 185 degrees.
Sustainable America, a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the nation's oil consumption by 50 percent, points out that a small action can result in a big change.
Sustainable America’s “I Turn It Off” campaign raises awareness about the negative consequences of idling and educates drivers about small changes that can make a large impact.
The campaign aims to eliminate the 3.8 million gallons of fuel that is wasted every single day from unnecessary idling.
According to SustainableAmerica.org, two minutes of idling equals one mile of driving, and that the 3.8 million gallons of fuel that are wasted every day are equal to five Olympic-size swimming pools filled with fuel.
It also adds up to 40,000 tons of CO2 and $13,444,400 every day. Reducing America’s idling could save 200,000 barrels of foreign oil imports per day.
If someone driving a 4-cylinder vehicle eliminates 16 minutes of voluntary idling a day, they could save 32 gallons, 704 pounds of CO2, and $116. Someone driving an 8-cylinder vehicle could save 64 gallons, 1,408 pounds of CO2, and $233. The savings figures are based on an average gas price of $3.65 per gallon.
What does this mean for your business?
In addition to doing what is right for the environment, not idling your fleet will impact your bottom line.
One case study of a campaign comes from uniform and linen supplier Crown Uniform & Linen Service – which has locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Virginia.
The company’s 30 Freightliner MT45 step vans travel approximately 100 to 150 miles daily throughout New England, and with each fleet vehicle making 30 to 40 stops per day, fuel costs were adding up.
With the help of Sustainable America, each step van’s idling time was tracked with Geotab’s telematics software. Installed in each step van, the Geotab device tracks a vehicle’s location, mileage, maintenance, and idling – every time the engine stops and starts.
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It was discovered that the trucks were idling 70 minutes per day, per driver. Many drivers were idling from two hours to five hours per day on their route.
Some drivers left the engine running out of habit – while making a delivery, while fueling the vehicle, while going through a car wash, and while waiting at security gates.
Most of the managers had no idea their drivers were idling and for how long per day. After finding this information out, the managers filtered the information down to their drivers to train them and eliminate these bad habits.
There is now a daily tracking and reporting system in place that identifies which drivers idle over 10 minutes per day, as well as specific stops and problem areas. Each manager would then speak to the drivers and correct the actions. This has helped to retrain drivers on the importance of shutting off the vehicle engine between stops.
Within a few months, Crown’s drivers went from 70 idling minutes per day down to seven minutes, leading to savings in fuel between $1,500 and $2,000 per month.
With the program’s success among its delivery drivers, Crown plans to extend the program to its sales team, which drives about 15,000 to 20,000 miles per vehicle, per year.
While this was done on a larger scale, the same initiatives and results can be achieved by your company when you engage in an anti-idling campaign and use products sold by Dow Automotive Systems.
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