Rising diesel cost puts fuel economy back in focus

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Recent and on-going volatility in diesel fuel has shined a spotlight on fuel economy that's not been this bright since 2019. 

Near-record freight rates and a truck-to-load ratio that has skewed heavily in favor of fleets for more than a year have led to booming profits for even the least fuel conscious. But diesel fuel is at its highest point since Summer 2008, and in a matter of only a few weeks fleets were forced to take another hard look at miles per gallon. 

In this week's 10-44, Jason and Matt talk with Tom Gauerke, National Fleet Account Manager with Chevron Lubricants, who shares some tips on how fleets can squeeze a few more percentage points of fuel efficiency out of their rigs without major investment in new equipment and add-ons. In fact, there are methods motor carriers can deploy that don't require any additional expenses, just some re-thinking of normal practices. 

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