Kenworth Truck Company has launched
a major fuel economy awareness program to assist fleets and owner-operators
interested in improving fuel efficiency.
To kick off the program, Kenworth
has produced a comprehensive "White Paper on Fuel Economy" and created
a "Dynamics of Fuel Efficiency" web site link at www.kenworth.com.
Kenworth's "White Paper on
Fuel Economy" explores six major areas - aerodynamics, component
spec'ing, advanced technology, route management, driver behavior, and proper
maintenance. The component spec'ing section offers a tire tips section.
Despite the recent fall from extremely
high diesel prices, Kenworth General Manager and PACCAR Vice President Ed
Caudill noted that fuel continues to be one of the leading operating costs
in the trucking industry. "It's certainly a smart business decision to
explore ways to achieve improved fuel economy for your fleet or truck,"
Caudill said in a released statement. "I've yet to meet a fleet manager
or owner-operator who'd be unhappy to keep more money in their pocket by spending
less on fuel."
The Kenworth white paper offers recommendations
and tips to help fleets and owner-operators reduce fuel costs. Operating a
properly spec'd aerodynamic truck is one key step. Spec'ing tips also focus
on enhancing vehicle aerodynamics, reducing mechanical resistance, selecting
the right engine and gearing for the intended application, and choosing the
proper tires to reduce rolling resistance. The white paper also suggests fuel-economy
tips to help drivers get the most out of their equipment and proper maintenance