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Overdrive Fuel Tips: Some driving strategies can help save cash

Want to see all the other Overdrive fuel tips? Click here to see them all 36. Use truck-routing tools. Choosing the shortest, most practical truck route can save hundreds of dollars a year in fuel. Spoken, turn-by-turn directions will take you directly to street-level addresses. With a navigation aid, savings of 10 miles or more a week is possible by eliminating out-of-route miles. 37. Avoid traffic tie-ups. Rush hour, highway construction and traffic jams not only suck hours from ...

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Overdrive Fuel Tips: Look at data to save on fuel

Want to see all the other Overdrive fuel tips? Click here to see them all 30. Analyze your fuel consumption trends. When miles-per-gallon falls, try to determine why. Did you encounter much more urban driving? Did your length of haul change? As a general rule, drops of more than 0.5 mpg are due to maintenance problems. ECMs can be wildly optimistic, so your actual mileage may be lower than indicated. Validate ECM readings with your own calculations ...

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Overdrive Fuel Tips: Use aerodynamics to save on fuel

Click here to see the first 10 fuel tips about using anti-idling techniques to save money. 11. Choose an aero-designed model for your next truck. Truck makers have perfected the design of the front bumper, hood, under-hood-breather, fenders, mirrors and other features to move air as smoothly as possible under, over and around the truck and trailer. 12. Add a roof fairing. If you’re running a flattop tractor or midroof in a van or reefer application, the addition of ...

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Overdrive Fuel Tips: Monitor tires to save money

Want to see all the other Overdrive fuel tips? Click here to see them all 25. Use tires with low rolling resistance. Deeper lug tires usually last longer, but the extended tread’s very slight movement is enough to decrease fuel economy. Shallower lugs decrease rolling resistance and give improved fuel economy. 26. Run wide-based tires. They have been proven to deliver better fuel economy than duals. 27. Monitor tire pressure. Each 10 psi of underinflation reduces fuel economy by 1 percent. ...

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Overdrive Fuel Tips: Anti-Idling tips to save you money

Want to see all the other Overdrive fuel tips? Click here to see them all 1 Turn off the engine. Avoid excessive warm-up times when starting the truck. Even for a short stop, you’ll save money by not idling. Look for other times when you have a habit of idling but can’t justify it. 2 Use shorepower when it’s available. Many inverters and APUs come with a plug-in option that converts incoming current to DC to charge the batteries, ...

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The hurdles of cash, fees and paperwork

Financial and technical prep -- the work is tedious, so consider using companies that will complete the process for you.

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A legacy lives on

The Western Star 4900EX embodies the style and toughness of its Canadian roots, enhanced by the engineering of a global truck maker.

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Track business use of your personal vehicle.

To deduct this expense, record the cost of the car, the date you started using it for business, and the total miles for the year. For each business trip, such as to the bank, record the date, mileage, destination and purpose. This information can be kept in a notebook you carry in the vehicle so that you can have it ready for your business services provider at the end of the year.

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Use a separate credit card for business expenses.

Try to find a credit card without an annual fee and with a low interest rate. If possible, pay the balance in full every month. Having a business credit card may help you reduce the amount of advances you take from your carrier and will make it easier to keep track of business expenses.

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