Truck fleet combats high diesel prices

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Updated Dec 14, 2009

In case you needed a reminder as diesel prices inch upward, at the the Northeast Pennsylvania Logistics amp; Transportation Industry Partnership’s Go-Green Seminar today (held at Sands Spring Country Club in the town of Drums) Marketing VP Gerry Coyle for the intermodal, LTL and flatbed truckload carrier companies of the Evans Network offered further evidence of results obtained from basic operational and equipment improvements, some common among fleets and others recommended by the U.S. SmartWay Transport Partnership.

As shown in the illustration, additions of the following in a control group of trucks improved mileage by a net 1.36 mpg over just a few months.

**Governing at 65 mph max.
**Engine idling limitation set to a short time period, combined with alternative climate control
**Implementation of comprehensive tire-management program to keep pressure at optimum levels.

Other enhancements were included among the fleet’s overall operation, and for more information on Evans’ initiative, visit Overdrive and Truckers News‘ sister publication J‘s story from this month‘s issue.

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