Hansen’s has been committed to green transportation and car shipping for many years. We employ a large amount of tactics to our fleet to help reduce CO2 emissions and do our part for the environment. Car Shipping comes with the responsibility of utilizing fossil fuels as the primary source of energy for our business. We are dedicated to decreasing our carbon footprint through the use of green tactics.
Medium and heavy-duty trucks play an important role in the North American economy. Trucking generates employment; influences land use and real estate prices; and impacts commercial activities. According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance (2012), trucking is a $65 billion industry. It employs more than 260,000 drivers and nearly 400,000 Canadians overall. Concerns resulting from operation of the trucking industry include a deterioration of air quality and an unquenchable thirst for oil. So here’s how we’re helping to implement our green practices.
Speed Limiters Reduce Fuel Consumption
A speed limiter, sometimes called a governor, is a built-in microchip that allows a car shipping truck engine’s top speed to be preset. All of Hansen’s trucks are set at 105 km/h in Ontario and Quebec. Trucks in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are set at 107. These settings provide a major environmental benefit conserving fuel and helping us track fuel consumption for each shipment of vehicles allowing us to better manage our fleet.
Idle Times Decrease CO2 Exhaust
Hansen’s has a strict idle policy that encompasses initial warm up times that are not to exceed 10 minutes, as per manufactures guidelines. As well, we have in place a policy that the engine must be turned off after 5 minutes when we are loading or unloading cars and vehicles or any stops that exceed this time period. At the end of a shift our trucks will idle no longer than a minute to satisfy the necessary cool down requirements.
In-Cab Heaters and Engine Heaters Decrease Power Usage
Excessive idling is eliminated when drivers are sleeping with in-cab heaters which draw low amounts of power, significantly reducing fuel consumption. Reduced idling lowers maintenance costs and ensures safe, reliable engine starts. It also helps drivers comply with anti-idling regulations set by different provincial authorities.
Tires and Tire Pressure Increase Fuel Efficiency
Correct pressure in a truck tire is important and is a safety requirement by most major trucking companies. The required tire pressure in a truck tire varies by model and can vary by the speed at which a specific truck will travel, the type and weight of load that it carries, and the conditions in which it will travel. Hansen’s has set its tire pressure at 110kpa to maximize our fuel mileage, reduce tire wear, reduce costs and improve safety for the driver. Our drivers ensure the pressure is set to 110kpa by monitoring the pressure during a pre and post trip inspection.
Servicing Equipment Keeps Engines Healthy
The average age of the Hansen’s Fleet is 3.5 years. We regularly service our fleet to maintain the reliability of our equipment and the efficiency of our engines. Our driver-monitoring program ensures that smaller trucks are serviced at 15,000 km intervals, and bigger units are serviced at 30,000 km intervals. Regular engine tune-ups are performed to ensure maximum performance as well as cleaner fluids and filters, which result in cleaner exhaust.
Purchasing New Equipment Eliminates Old Polluting Technology
Hansen’s has invested in greener post “07” engines with particulate exhaust traps. While these engines are more expensive to service they allow us to use low sulphur fuel that will enable the advanced pollution controls to remove more than 90% of the fine particles. Low sulphur fuel also allows the advanced technologies to eliminate more than 90% of smog forming nitrogen oxide in truck exhaust.
Environmentally Friendly Fluids Decrease Environmental Footprint
We have switched the lubricating oils used on equipment posts and sliders on our trucks from a petroleum based oil to environmentally friendly Canola oil. We are currently investigating which hydraulic fluids will best suit our needs as these types of fluids are considered even more environmentally friendly.
We’re asked on a daily basis, what’s the best way to prepare my vehicle for shipping? Well, we’ve taken all of the advice we’ve ever sent to our clients and we have compiled it here into an easy to ready article.
Whether we pick up your vehicle or when you drop off your vehicle at our facility, please consider the following:
- Remove all personal belongings from your Car. Personal effects are not permitted to be shipped for safety reasons but the following items are considered to be part of the vehicle:
- Children’s car seat when securely affixed.
- Jumper cables and minor tools (factory items, properly stowed)
- Driver Manual
- First-aid and/or emergency supplies kit
- Ice scraper and snow brush
- Spare tire and tire changing tools (properly stowed)
- Car cover, including bra
- Does your vehicle not start? Check to see that your vehicle is in good running order. Non-runners will not be accepted for shipment. Vehicles must be in full operating, road worthy and in safe condition. Tires, battery and a working emergency brake and no fuel/oil leaks are important to ensure smooth handling during shipment. Remove all loose items and personal belongings from the vehicle.
- Disable your Alarm system. All Alarm systems must be disabled prior to shipment. Please inform us of any security features, starting instructions or details pertinent to the handling of your vehicle. Leave a written copy on the front seat of the vehicle and advise our driver.
- Road Clearance should be at least 4 inches. Vehicles must have a minimum road clearance of 4 inches to safely load and unload.
- Repair all broken, loose or rusted parts. No aerosols, motor oil, windshield washer fluid, combustibles or spare fluids can be shipped.
- Put some gas in your tank. Your gas tank should be one quarter (1/4) to one half (1/2) full. Top up all other fluids. During colder months be sure your car is properly winterized. External auxiliary fuel tanks are not permitted
- Remove any mounted accessories. Any accessories not permanently mounted to the vehicle should be removed. Be certain the jack, wheel-nut key and spare tire are properly stowed.
- Be Organized. Photocopy all documents; don’t leave your originals in the vehicle. A photocopy of the vehicle registration should be placed in the glove box. (Original is not required).
- Own a truck? Have a Cop or Canopy? Caps/Canopies on pickup trucks must be properly bolted to the box of the truck to ensure safe delivery.
- Are you green? Is your vehicle Electric? Electric vehicles should be fully charged before being shipped
Hansen’s is off to Canada’s capital city Ottawa this week for the SIRVA 2014 Partner Conference. The conference represents SIRVA’s worldwide partners in corporate, consumer, government and military relocation. The conference is attended by agency moving consultants, inside sales personnel, sales managers and agents, suppliers, owners and relocation specialists. Literally everybody who works to help relocate on a global scale.
We participate in these conferences yearly and look forward to each one. We are SIRVA’s trusted partner for vehicle relocation of cars, trucks, vans and other vehicle types.
This year our National Sales Manager, Mark Gallagher will represent Hansen’s at the conference bringing forth innovative vehicle relocation strategies and ideas, helping to increase the value for SIRVA and their customers. The conference includes key industry speakers, breakout sessions, networking and an exhibitor hall. Stop by and see us in the hall, follow us on Twitter for more details and our booth location.
Hansen’s is the most trusted name in Canada for all vehicle delivery, auto transport and car shipping needs. Both individuals and corporate clients have relied on our services for over three decades, whether for domestic or trans-border vehicle transport. Are you a consumer or a business? Get your quote today!