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MPG – What’s In Store for 2018 and Beyond for Trucks?

Future Fuel Regulations

Future Fuel Regulations

With heavy-duty trucks and buses producing an estimated 20 percent of greenhouse gases in the United States each year, it is understandable that any regulations to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels and lower the resulting emissions are going to target the efficiency of long-haul tractor-trailers.

First-ever fuel standards

President Obama signed the first-ever fuel efficiency regulations for heavy-trucks and buses back in 2011. The administration called for improving fuel-efficiency by as much as 23 percent on new trucks by the 2018 model year. A move they estimate will lower oil usage by 530 million barrels and save truckers a combined total of $50 billion in fuel expenditures.

Officials expect these stricter MPG standards to add $6,220 to the cost of a new tractor-trailer, but it will save them an estimated $73,000 in fuel cost over the operating life of that same vehicle. Under the new standards, big rigs with high roof sleepers have to improve from the current average of 6 miles per gallon to 7.2.

Industry support for Phase I

The Transportation Department, Environmental Protection Agency, and most trucking industry officials met these new standards with enthusiastic optimism. Bill Graves, president and chief executive of the American Trucking Associations, said truckers will make up for the higher up-front cost of equipment in two to three years, but things get tougher when trailers are “added to the mix.”

Phase II for 2019 and beyond

Phase II standards apply to 2019 models and beyond. This second round of regulations also adds new rules for trailers. The EPA and NHTSA are assessing possible advanced technologies involving aerodynamics, weight reduction, and tire rolling resistance. Ben Sharpe is a senior researcher with International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). He feels fuel efficiency can be improved by between 7 to 10 percent per trailer and the overall goal needs to be cost-effective technologies to work.

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The Value of Using Our Ads to Sell Your Semi Truck

The Value Of Our Ad's

The Value Of Our Ad’s

When you’re looking to sell your semi truck, you want a resource for truck advertising that’s going to be inexpensive, but effective. Unfortunately, those are hard to find. However, when you take advantage of the options available at truckertotrucker.com, you’ll find plenty of reasons to place your ad with us.

Price

When it comes to finding a great price for truck advertising, ours just can’t be beat. You can place your ad for less than $20. You also get plenty of features with your ad that can help you sell it even faster. Best of all, these features are all included in this one flat rate.

Effectiveness

What makes an effective ad? When your ad has a prominent position on a website, that can certainly help. It’s also helpful when you have enough space to add the right amount of text and pictures. When you advertise with us, we’ll feature your ad on our homepage so more people have the opportunity to see it. We’ll also give you plenty of room to describe your truck’s details and you can add up to thirty-six pictures. That’s almost unheard of! However, in our experience, these are the features that get trucks sold quickly, so we offer them.

Website Traffic

A great ad is nothing without website traffic, and our site receives millions of visitors every single month. Many of them are looking to buy a truck just like yours. With so much website traffic consistently checking out your ad, it’s easy to see how you’ll have a better chance of selling it quickly, wouldn’t you say?

Sounds like a pretty great deal, doesn’t it? The best part is that your ad stays put right on our website until you sell your semi truck. That means you don’t have to worry about paying more relisting fees. Thousands of truckers have sold their semi trucks on our site, so why shouldn’t you be next? Get your truck sold today!

Price Negotiation Tips

Closing The Deal

Closing The Deal

For most truck drivers, finding a truck they want is not difficult. Getting it for a good price takes a bit more effort. Before you begin talking with a seller, make sure you have everything ready on your side for the best negotiating position.

Financing

The finance company will need a copy of your purchase contract to finalize the loan, but you can get pre-qualified in advance so that you know what price ranged to stay in. Most companies require you to make a 20 percent down payment. They will need verification that you have a valid CDL license and an acceptable FICO score. It is a good idea to review your credit report in advance to be sure there are no mistakes.

Start your search online

Technology allows you to narrow your search a great deal right from the comfort of your home. You can easily compare prices and prioritize the equipment and features you want at your leisure. Fully equipped and tricked out rigs sell for a lot more than the value of their combined parts. By searching parts online, you can see how much the seller marks up some of that chrome and other accessories.

Negotiating

First and foremost, it is just business, don’t take it personal. Sellers will try playing a wide array of mind games on you to feel you out and get you flustered. Always be in a position to walk away. Have a first, second, third, and ideally, fourth choice. Consider this: no matter how perfect for you any one truck seems, you are not really buying the truck you want. It will finally be the truck you want much later, after you have personalized it and made it your own. With that mentality you have much more flexibility to recognize and seize a bargain when you see one.

Tips For Truckers – The Best Hours For Trucking

Best Hours For Trucking

Best Hours For Trucking

Anytime a new driver ask experienced drivers about the best time to drive, they get the same response: “Drive when you have to, sleep when you can.” The road and customers can wreck havoc on your nerves, making restful sleep difficult and sporadic. Even when you do get seven or so hours of sleep, you can still spend your waking hours feeling run down and fatigued if you are on an inconsistent schedule.

Plan ahead

You can be sure that it is not going to play out the way you hoped, but government regulations on driving time combined with varied loading and unloading times for customers make it imperative that you plan your driving days in advance. You have to make sure you have enough available hours to legally make all needed deliveries in a particular day. It takes a lot of experience and the ability to calm your mind and sleep at times your body doesn’t feel like sleeping.

10 hour breaks

That looks like plenty of time on paper. When you are making your schedule, keep in mind that your break from driving will also be used waiting for your trailer to be loaded or unloaded, finding a parking place for your truck, taking a shower, grabbing a decent meal, and, oh yeah, getting a few hours of sleep before you begin driving again.

Morning hours are valuable

You do not want to run out of legal driving hours at the time most shipments urgently need to go out. With the vast majority of loads going out in the morning, if you miss getting a load then, you could be without one until the next day. It is best to arrange you driving and sleep in such a way that you are both physically and legally ready for shipments at the busiest time of the day.

For other helpful tips and information make sure to visit the Trucker to Trucker blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There you’ll find a community of professional truckers willing to share their comments and insight with you to help you be profitable and happy on the road.

Managing Your Cellphone Data on a Long Haul

Cell Phone Usage

Cell Phone Usage

Many truck drivers remember a time when their communication with the family was limited to pay phones that were frequently out of order or being used by someone else when you were lucky enough to find one and have a few minutes of down-time to use it. These days, it is difficult for any of us to imagine life without Wi-Fi and our cellphones. Along with the convenience, comes high cost and a potentially overwhelming array of choices.

Free roaming

If you make frequent trips across country, it is imperative that you have a national carrier and your plan does not include roaming fees. Some companies will not charge you roaming when using their towers, but will hit you with some whopping charges for connecting via a competitor’s tower. Read the fine print when you see “Free Roaming” in bold letters.

National coverage

Practically any recognized carrier offers some plan that they call nationwide coverage. But they all have very different coverage maps. Carefully consider the cities and towns of your most frequent deliveries and compare them to the coverage map of any phone carriers that you are considering.

Data use and cost

The carrier with the best coverage charges a premium for data. The carrier with the best price on unlimited data provides what can only be called spotty coverage. To be safe, you are not going to be sending emails while driving and shouldn’t be updating your Facebook page with photos of scenic views, either. Many truck stops provide free Wi-Fi to bring you in. Most drivers prefer paying the price to have a reliable connection anytime they really need it and make use of Wi-Fi when they are at a hotel, restaurant, or truck stop.

Contract vs no contract

For just a single phone, you are better off with no contract. When you are shopping for family plans, it is worth considering the packages offered by national companies.

For other helpful tips and information make sure to visit the Trucker to Trucker blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays.