The Relay

– Episode 27

The Impact of Idling on Fuel Consumption: Insights from Experienced Truckers

In this episode of The Relay, Brett Hutchins, an owner-operator and trainer at Gulf Relay, brings some of his experienced drivers to talk about idling and fuel conservation in the trucking industry. They emphasize the importance of reducing idling time to save fuel and costs, suggesting methods like using auxiliary power units (APUs) and maintaining the truck's components. The group shares personal experiences and tips, including controlling idle, using different sheets depending on the season, and the value of learning from experienced truckers. They also highlight the impact of weather conditions on idling, strategies for staying comfortable in the truck, and more.
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Highlights from this week’s conversation include:
  • The importance of reducing idling time (1:19)
  • Proper APU training (3:30)
  • Different strategies for minimizing idling (8:13)
  • Reducing Idling Time (9:58)
  • Controlling Idle Percentage (10:46)
  • Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather (12:01)
  The Relay is a podcast produced by Gulf Relay. Each episode, we dive behind the scenes of our operations, teams, and industry. From the unique challenges of the job to anecdotes about life on the road, our guests will provide a window into a profession that is crucial to our economy and way of life. Let’s hit the road!

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