Partners in Business

PIB TIP: SLOW YOUR ACCELERATION. This will consume less fuel and be easier on the mechanics of your equipment. Accelerating slowly on hills or in the mountains is especially important because doing so helps reduce effects of gravity. Rapid acceleration creates premature wear on the engine, driveline and tires, and increases fuel costs. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and ...

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PIB TIP: MAINTAIN TIRE PRESSURE. To reduce rolling resistance, check the tire air pressure in all 18 tires and fill them up at least weekly to the manufacturer’s specifications. The trailer tires may belong to your carrier, but why pay the extra cost of pulling a trailer with under-inflated tires? 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 ...

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PIB TIP: PERFORM REGULAR PM. Preventive maintenance ensures your truck is running efficiently. Check your current miles per gallon at each fill, and if it falls off, determine the reason. Check often enough to catch low oil, a dirty air filter or an air compressor leak. Don’t use a higher-viscosity oil than you need. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, ...

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PIB TIP: USE OF AERODYNAMICS SAVES MONEY. Use all-position tires on the rear, and make sure they’re the same tread as the steer tires. Match the sleeper package to the application: When you’re pulling a tank or flatbed, for example, a flat-top sleeper is the most aerodynamic option. Keep your gross vehicle weight as light as possible. Even if you make up for weight savings with heavy loads, you’ll improve the fuel economy per pound ...

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PIB TIP: THINK AERODYNAMIC. Snug the trailer tight to the tractor to cut down on wind resistance. The ride may not be as good, but the savings are worth the trade-off. Add features such as roof fairings, chassis fairings, cab extenders and aerodynamic mirrors. Mount air cleaners under the hood. Following these tips will help your existing truck be more fuel efficient. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ...

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PIB TIP: SPEC YOUR TRUCK WISELY. Your paycheck will show whether you chose a truck with a big engine and a lot of chrome versus a truck engineered to meet your business needs and help you succeed. Weight and maintenance are in sharp contrast between a wannabe show truck and an aerodynamic truck that is efficient for business. The aerodynamic truck yields greater load capacity, more comfort, less noise and higher profit. The Partners in ...

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PIB TIP: CONSIDER AN APU. A recent survey shows the average owner-operator idles more than 5 hours a day, in all weathers. That’s the equivalent of 18,000 yearly miles on the engine, says Argonne National Laboratory. Cutting that idling to zero eliminates 18,000 miles of wear, extends your oil-drain interval and saves nearly $4,500 in fuel costs with diesel at $3 a gallon. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants ...

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PIB TIP: LIMIT IDLE TIME. Alternatives to idling, which can cost $120 per week if your truck idles eight hours daily, include use of an extra blanket in cold weather and window screens on warm days. For about $80 you can buy a remote starter with a temperature sensor that starts the truck at a specified temperature. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator ...

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PIB TIP: REDUCE AVERAGE SPEED. It’s easy to get into the trap of driving fast. But speed is the main reason for increased fuel consumption and reduced profit. Experts agree that every mile per hour driven over 60 mph reduces fuel economy by one-tenth of a mile per gallon. 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 ...

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PIB TIP: CALCULATE YOUR MPG. Calculate your mpg by tracking your mileage between fill-ups and dividing the total by the number of gallon you burned. Do this for all trips. Weather, loads, routes, traffic, terrain, road surfaces and other factors affect fuel economy, which can be somewhat controlled if monitored. 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 ...

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