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26 March 2008
Fuel Saving Tips: Truckers Are Slowing Down

"I used to be a speed demon, but no more," confessed trucker Lorraine Dawson (formerly known as "Lead Foot Lorraine"). The coast-to-coast driver has cut her speed by 5 to 10 mph to conserve fuel. Some independents are slowing down even more.

A 10 mph drop in speed can increase fuel mileage by more than a mile a gallon. That's significant when you get less than 10 miles per gallon hauling thousands of pounds of freight. Just idling, a big rig gulps down a gallon of diesel an hour. "We just can't afford it," said Dawson who has seen diesel prices more than double since she started driving 10 years ago.

Michigan based Con-way has adjusted the speed governors on its 8,400 semis from a maximum of 65 mph down to 62 mph. Spokesman Gary Frantz said the company expects to save 3.2 million gallons of fuel a year. Trucking companies also use aerodynamic fairings and special tires to improve mileage. Drivers constantly seek out more efficient routes and are cutting idling time when possible. Some trucking companies are allowing more leeway on load delivery time so drivers can save fuel.

It's time to get practical. High diesel prices are going to be here for awhile. Trucker to Trucker wants to know what you or your company are doing to conserve fuel. Share your fuel saving tips and ideas here and we'll pass them along.

 

Posted by keep on truckin' at 8:34 AM  |  LINK to this post  |  5 comment s  |  Subscribe


I completely agree with doing something to stop the gas prices from going up. We all have families we have to support. So what can we do without jeopardizing our business or jobs? WE CAN CAUSE A PRICE WAR! Because truckers buy the most gas we can boycott the top gas companies. We can make them drop there prices and stay in business at the same time. I don't know which gas companies to boycott, I leave that to you to choose and vote on. April 1 may be too soon to get information out about a shutdown but this boycott of the big gas companies can be on going. The truckers are the ones to give the big guys the black eye they deserve right in their pocket.
Posted by grizlybear'shoney on March 26, 2008 at 11:35 AM


I completely agree with doing something to stop the gas prices from going up. We all have families we have to support. So what can we do without jeopardizing our business or jobs? WE CAN CAUSE A PRICE WAR! Because truckers buy the most gas we can boycott the top gas companies. We can make them drop there prices and stay in business at the same time. I don't know which gas companies to boycott, I leave that to you to choose and vote on. April 1 may be too soon to get information out about a shutdown but this boycott of the big gas companies can be on going. The truckers are the ones to give the big guys the black eye they deserve right in their pocket.
Posted by grizlybear'shoney on March 26, 2008 at 1:00 PM


Boycotting any given company or group of companies has never worked & it never will for the simple reasons that if you drive the same miles the same way you're going to use the same amount of fuel. And what brand station or truckstop you buy it from is irrelevant 'cause it all comes from the same refineries & original sources of crude oil. Only 2 things will make an impact quickly - a MAJOR number of trucks using less fuel, or if you really want to send a message, park 'em all for a few days & use no fuel.
Posted by art_njr on April 2, 2008 at 5:19 PM


Speaking of special tires as the original article does, how many check their tire pressures? And I don't mean walking around the rig with a tire-billy & smackin' 'em all - I mean with a real gauge. A fairly small amount of underinflation will lower the mileage in a little passenger car - 10, 15, 20 psi low in 18 tires makes a noticeable difference. And considering that as much as 9 gallons of oil is used to make one tire, if you wear yours out too quick 'cause you don't check the pressures, there's more oil wasted.
Posted by art_njr on April 2, 2008 at 5:25 PM


i appreciate the tips. i love it!
Posted by mugen alonso on June 7, 2009 at 8:05 PM