Frequently Asked Questions

    • What can I do to improve the life of my tires?

      From the Office of Energy Efficiency Fleetsmart website:

      If you’ve ever had to replace your tires you know how expensive they can be! Here are some tire-related maintenance tips to help prolong the life of your tires:

      • Maintaining proper tire inflation pressure can reduce tire maintenance costs. A rule of thumb is a 15% tread wear penalty for every 10 pounds per square inch (psi) of under-inflation.
      • Under-inflation also increases fuel consumption by 1% for every 10 psi on all tires. Tire pressure should be checked at least once a week with an accurate gauge
      • Another cause of tire damage is hitting the curb when parking. Some drivers do this as a matter of convenience.
      • Regularly check for sidewall damage, cuts and uneven wear. Uneven wear could mean that the wheels are not aligned properly.
      • It’s important to keep tires properly maintained so that their overall performance and safety are not compromised.

      Low-Rolling Resistance Tires

      • As tires roll, they bend and flex causing “rolling resistance”, which increases the amount of fuel needed to move the truck over the road. Lowering a tire’s rolling resistance saves fuel.
      • Low-rolling resistance tires are similar in appearance to regular tires, but they have specially designed tire casings, treads, and rubber compounds.
      • Low-rolling resistance tires are readily available from most tire manufacturers. Just ask your tire supplier for a SmartWay verified low-rolling resistance tire
      • Using low-rolling resistance tires on all five axles will reduce fuel consumption by 3% or more compared to conventional tires

      Single-Wide Tires

      • Most combination trucks (e.g. a tractor-trailer) have dual-tire assemblies on the drive and trailer axels, with two sets of wheels and tires at each end of the axle. One proven strategy to save fuel is to use single wide-base tires to replace dual-tire assemblies.
      • A single wide-base tire is lighter than two standard tires. Switching to single wide-base tires on drive and trailer axles results in a weight savings of about 450 kg (1000 lbs).
      • The weight savings can increase cargo capacity for trucks that are limited by weight.
      • Single wide-base tires on drive and trailer axles will reduce fuel consumption by 3% or more compared to conventional tires.

      I have an Electric Vehicle, are there any charging stations on campus?

      At the present time, we have two charging stations at our North Vancouver campus.  We are currently determining the viability of these stations, and hope to add more in the future as demand increases.

      What kind of vehicles does Capilano University have in its fleet?

      We have 5 vans, 1 SUV, 1 sedan and 8 pick-up trucks.

      How big is Capilano University’s fleet?

      We have 15 vehicles in our fleet, used by 5 departments (Facilities, Parking, Security, Shipping & Receiving, and Film).