Owner-operators who own their own trailers can save on their fuel bills if they run with aerodynamic trailer side skirts. If they happen to be OOIDA members, they can save even more, thanks to a 15 percent OOIDA member discount being offered by Freight Wing, the company that manufactures EPA SmartWay-verified Aeroflex side skirts.
New rules in California are requiring pre 2011-model year 53-foot dry van trailers to have aerodynamic features by Jan. 1, 2013. New trailers must be spec’d with side skirts now.
For those running more than one trailer (up to 20), you can phase in trailer side skirts, but you must file a compliance agreement by Jan. 1, 2012. Refrigerated trailers must also comply, although the deadline varies by model year. For complete CARB requirements, go to the CARB website and click on The Truck Stop icon.
To learn more the OOIDA discount, go to the OOIDA website (click on benefits and services and go to discounts), or contact Freight Wing at 866-464-9464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.