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Don’t Stand Idly By – Reduce Fuel Consumption

May 13, 2024 | Truck Drivers

Let’s talk about sustainability and a simple action you can do to help facilitate it. There’s a lot that goes into such a broad topic, but one of the easiest and best ways Werner professional drivers can contribute is by practicing idle management. Reducing idle fuel consumption is part of Werner’s commitment to decreasing our carbon footprint by 55% in 2035. Exercising this will not only pitch into that effort but allow us to allocate resources to areas that directly affect our talented drivers and associates.

It’s beneficial for everyone. The company-wide goal: implement best practice strategies that won’t impact or compromise your comfort level, reducing engine idle time to a minimum of one hour per week per truck. Think of it like this: it’s an investment in your future.

1. Auto/Start or Opti Idle

Always arm your Auto/Start or Opti idle when shutting down to avoid jump-starts and reduce overall idle consumption. With the truck armed,  use your interior comfort mode for your AC needs in the warmer months, and use your bunk heater in the colder months. Only idle when it is necessary. All Werner trucks come equipped with comfort features to keep you comfortable without the truck needing to idle.

2. Appliance and Power Management

Fun fact: power use is one of the most common reasons for the high rate of idling trucks in our fleet. Our trucks are designed to maintain a state of charge on the batteries when Auto/Start or Opti Idle is armed. If there is too much or a constant power draw, the truck will idle more to keep the batteries from dying. This means we should only use in-cab appliances and devices when needed. For example, you don’t need more than one power strip in your truck. Also, limit the length of power strip cords to 10 feet. When going to bed, turn off your inverter (unless you have a C-PAP), and unplug all unnecessary devices and appliances. Again, this will reduce the idle by keeping your batteries charged.

3. Privacy Measures

Use windshield reflectors in combination with your front privacy curtains. This can reduce the overall heat temperature by 10 degrees from the sun’s hot rays piercing through the windshield.

4. Effective Ventilation

When going to the sleeper berth for your 10-hour break, close your back curtains to trap the air more efficiently. Make sure all back cab vents are cleared of any belongings.

5. Strategic Charging

And finally, charge heavier items while driving, not during your 10-hour break. For example, leaf blower batteries-get them juiced up while on the move.

Now that you’ve learned these steps and considered them, plan to reduce your fuel consumption as much as possible. Our dedication to reducing our carbon footprint is a priority, right at the top of our list. We hope it’s on yours, too!

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