PIB TIP: SLOW YOUR DECELERATION. Fuel is converted to wasted energy with hard and frequent braking, in which case much of the fuel you need to get up to speed again is lost. Safety experts recommend watching ahead a distance of 12 seconds to prevent having to react at the last second. You are less likely to need to engage the engine retarder in city traffic if the 12-second rule is followed. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by Schneider National Inc. and Freightliner Trucks.