7 Fuel Saving Tips you can apply for FREE

Diesel charges account for an average of 30% of your total operating costs. Therefore, it makes sense to use every trick in the book to save as much on your diesel expenses.
As an owner operator, you can take advantage of multiple technologies to help you cut down gas expenses, but the most overlooked system is completely free of charge. Follow these steps and start saving immediately on fuel.

1. Minimize Gear Changes

Higher gears save fuel so instead of starting and stopping try to slow down or speed up gradually.  To do so, you need to monitor traffic ahead and anticipate slowing down instead of coming to a complete stop.

7 Fuel Saving Tips you can apply for FREE

2. Take Advantage of Momentum

Use momentum whenever possible, and remove your foot from the accelerator pedal.  Newer trucks reduce engine fuel consumption to a minimum when you remove your foot from the accelerator.  You can do this when rolling to a traffic light or use the momentum you built on a flat road right before driving up a hill.

3. Use Cruise Control

Maintaining a steady speed is an easy way to save fuel.  Cruise control is especially useful during long journeys on flat land.

4. Tire Air Pressure

Recommended tire air pressure will give you the standard fuel economy. If you’re 20% underinflated, it’ll cost you 1.5% in fuel economy.  You lose about 2% of our inflation pressure monthly when everything is working, so make sure to monitor tire air pressure continuously.

5. Avoid Idling Whenever Possible

Whenever you fill up your tank to the brim, your tank overflows when fuel heats up.  This causes fuel spilling that can be both dangerous and wasteful.

6. Don’t Overfill Your Tank

An average truck burns approximately one gallon of diesel fuel for each hour it idles. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is not in motion. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for minimum warm-up time usually 3 to 5 minutes depending on the vehicle. Letting an engine idle does more damage to the engine than starting and stopping.

7. Distribute Load Height Correctly

Unevenly distributed loads can have a significant impact on the amount of effort you need to get moving.   Try to maintain your load distribution as even and as low as possible.

Practice these good driving habits and you will see immediate savings on your fuel consumption.

5 Tips To Increase Your Owner Operator Pay Significantly

As in any other industry, your success as an owner operator will depend on many factors, but most importantly on your decisions.  At Status Transportation we want you to succeed so here five easy pointers to help you boost your income as an owner operator.

1. Plan Your Home Time In Advance

It’s always nice to spend time back home. As an OTR owner operator doing this on a regular basis can cut down your income significantly. It’s better to roll for three weeks at a time and coordinate with your dispatcher ahead of time when you need to go back home.

2. Expand Your Region of Operation

The number of loads available exponentially increases when you expand to other areas of operation.  One or two long hauls can make up for multiple short runs reducing your stress and the risk of running into difficulties during each load.

5 Tips To Increase Your Owner Operator Pay Significantly

3. Install Vents On Your Trailer

Installing vents on your trailer will open the opportunity to haul other commodities, in some cases, you can even compete against reefers.  Save around $200 and do it yourself.

4. Open Up To Hauling Different Commodities

Don’t undermine your business by limiting yourself to some commodities.  Depending on seasonal trends, some commodities are going to be more available than others, but if you limit yourself to only a niche, it will be harder for your dispatcher to find the best paying loads.  Open up to hauling different commodities and you’ll improve your ability to follow seasonal trends.

5. Cooperate With Your Dispatcher and Trust Him

Your dispatcher plays a critical role in your business. He has your best interest at heart when looking for the best paying loads and negotiating them for you. Work on developing a friendly and trusting relationship with your dispatcher, after all, you are a team.

Follow these time-tested suggestions and you will see the results in one week.  By doing so you will grow your share of the pie, start getting better-paying loads and increased owner operator pay.

Erik C.
Status Transportation

Why become friends with your dispatcher

Dispatcher Status Transportation

Running a successful owner operator business requires having multiple elements in place like permits, insurance, etc, but there is one other very important element that many owner operators tend to overlook, this important element is a good relationship with your dispatcher.  A dispatcher plays a very important part that makes the driver’s job possible, therefore having a good relationship with a great dispatcher as an ally is essential.

Statistically, it has been proven that drivers who become friends with their dispatchers tend to make more money on the long-run that those who don’t develop this kind of connection.  Friendship essentially involves trusting that each person will do what’s in the best interest of the other one.  In this case, your dispatcher will work to get you the best loads available at the moment.  Ironically, some owner operators tend to believe more in the information they overheard at a truck stop conversation than what their dispatcher is telling them.  It doesn’t make sense to believe in a complete stranger who more often than not could be boasting, instead of trusting your dispatcher who has a finger on the pulse of the market every day.

Understanding how your dispatcher works to get you the loads you need is a very good starting point in establishing a good business relationship.  Also, putting your trust in him will help to turn this partnership into a friendship.

Part of a dispatcher’s job is to schedule loads for drivers to pick up and deliver to customers and vendors, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Dispatchers are trained to negotiate cargo at better rates in order to benefit owner operators considering many factors like fuel prices, distance, and other fees that a regular person may not even consider.  The idea is to find the best paying loads that will align with the driver’s location and desired route.  Sometimes combining all these factors may seem impossible, but your dispatcher does this every day.

Performing this task requires a variety of skills, from learning company specific computer programs to sometimes being able to speak multiple languages. Strong communication skills are essential for a good dispatcher. The ability to communicate information clearly to assure truck drivers understand their instructions can help them to save time and, consequently, money.

Besides keeping track of loads for multiple drivers, dispatchers also have the responsibility of keeping records of bills of lading, lumper receipts, bill receipts, etc.

A dispatcher’s job requires excellent time management skills due to the high-pressure and fast-paced environment. The ability to prioritize multiple driver schedules demands high levels of concentration for extended periods of time that can be very stressful. Dispatchers understand that they have to be on their “A” game from the time they punch in, to the time they punch out, and there is rarely any downtime.

Dispatchers have a full spectrum view in real time of how loads are constantly changing.  This means they are not limited to a single route and something that happened two or three days ago.  A good load can be gone in a matter of seconds.  If you receive a call from your dispatcher is because he or she has already combed through all the information available at the moment.

At Status Transportation, we want to invite you to become friends with your dispatcher.  As a result, you will increase the number of friends you have and at the same time this will also turn out to be beneficial to your owner operator business.

Erik C.
Status Transportation

Owner Operator Appreciation Month 2016

Thank you! Owner Operator Appreciation Month

Starting today, we are celebrating Owner Operator Appreciation Month at Status Transportation.

We recognize the importance of our owner operator’s role not only at Status Transportation but for the entire economy of this country. It is thanks to you that everyday people can buy goods that would not be available in their regions otherwise. All of this is possible because of your hard work. It takes a special kind of person to be an owner operator.

This 2016 we are looking forward to working with you and growing together. We hope we will continue strengthening our strategic partnership and reaching our goals together during this great new year.

Thank you!

Status Transportation Corp.

Status Truck & Trailer Repair became an ACEMCO APU Official Dealer

 

Status Truck & Trailer Repair recently became an official dealer for the ACEMCO Auxiliary Power Units. Currently, we sell and install new and refurbished APU units.

ACEMCO APU Unit
ACEMCO APU Unit

These are some of the benefits of an auxiliary power unit:

  • Reduce unnecessary fuel consumption by over 85%
  • Extend truck engine maintenance intervals
  • Reduce wear on truck engine
  • Comply with anti-idle laws
  • Provides sleeper air conditioning/heating
  • Charges the truck batteries
  • Non-Intrusive

At Status Truck & Trailer Repair we can give you different options for a new or refurbished APU unit  that will help you start saving money. Our certified technicians are on hand to expedite the installation process. Give us a call today 770-755-1516

Sincerely,

Status Truck & Trailer Repair

Speed & Space Management

Speed & Space Management

 

Dear Partner,

Driving Safely | Status Transportation

As a professional driver, good decisions are the key to safe performance. These decisions are made each day during each hour, trip & mile. The most challenging areas where you need to make the right decisions are in speed and space management.

The decisions you need to make to manage speed and space depend on 3 main factors: Environmental conditions, the actions of those other drivers around you, and your own actions.

These are a few suggestions on how to address these factors:

The actions of other drivers
To address the actions of other drivers, it is necessary to adjust for their errors and lack of skill or attention. Expect other drivers around the truck to make mistakes or not to be paying attention to the road. Like the saying goes: “Expect the unexpected”.

Environmental Conditions
Environmental conditions such as slick roads, rain, snow, ice, or other environments like heavy traffic also require your full engagement, speed reduction, and a longer following distance.

Your actions
Lane changes and sudden movements should be avoided whenever possible. Manage your speed extra carefully in winter driving conditions. Excessive speed can be very dangerous during winter due to minimized traction.

Good decisions are key to safe driving and help you get home safely.

Sincerely,
Status Transportation Safety Department