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Ways to Improve Your Truck Mileage

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The cost of operating a big rig today has gone up dramatically. Soaring gas prices and other incidental costs have created a climate in which it’s absolutely a requirement to find ways to save. From Texas Truck Insurance come these tips on saving money on the cost of your 18 wheeler operations.

AAA tells us that the average diesel price is $3.90 per gallon. The average 18 wheeler truck has the ability to hold between 150 and 300 gallons of fuel. At that price point, it means that every time that you fuel up your truck it’s going to cost you between $600 and $1100 dollars at a rough estimate. Getting fueled up for the long haul trips is nothing short of astronomical in pricing. For everyone, from the large trucking company to the small independent trucker, saving money today on the cost of fuel is imperative and in some cases, it’s survival.

There are a few ways to improve your fuel-efficiency even when you’re driving one of the big rigs. If you’re in it to improve your take home and increase your overall bottom line– and these days, who isn’t– you can lower the out-of-pocket expenses for fuel by making a few simple changes to the way in which you operate your truck.

Better Speed Management.

Driving can be a long haul–hence the term long-haul trucker. The temptation to get there more rapidly and to increase your speed to do so is strong. Driving as fast as you are legally able to do in order to get from one place to another is something that many drivers succumb to over time. Keeping your foot off the gas and taking your time to get there has a massive advantage. It costs a lot less to get from point A to point B. Even while taking longer, you’re going to pay less to get them and you don’t risk a ticket along the way. Trucking costs enough without adding additional expenses such as fines and costs.

Keep Your Weight as Low as You Can.

It’s tempting to add those extra items to the cab. When you do that, it increases the amount of fuel that you use. It may actually be cheaper to stop for a meal than to carry that mini fridge and microwave with you.

Check Your Tire Pressure Regularly

In every vehicle, cars as well as big trucks the tire pressure can help to regulate the amount of fuel that you use. When your tires are not properly inflated they can lower your take home and increase the amount of fuel that you use on a day to day basis. Check them at least weekly to make sure that they are properly inflated.

These little tips from Texas Truck Insurance can help you to prevent using more fuel than you want to use and can keep your truck humming along for a lot less money.


Texas Working to Lower Work Comp Costs

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Texas claims that legislative and administrative changes to the Texas Workers’ Compensation system has been lower costs the last few years. We won’t argue that. But are the lower costs coming at the expense of the employer and his or her employees?

Some think so.

The Office of Injured Employee (OIEC), as well as many attorneys who represent injured workers, complain that the cost savings come at an unacceptable cost.

We think a couple of things. First, there is no free lunch when it comes to Workers’ Compensation insurance. A win on one side of the ledger always comes at a loss on the other side. So we are glad to hear that someone is watching the regulators.

Secondly, we know that all these changes may have an impact on you, the business owner. We specialize in Texas Workers’ Compensation isnurance. If you haven’t reviewed your Texas work comp policy in a while, now would be a good time. Call us at (281) 449-0111, or submit a Texas work comp quote request online.


Regulations to Reduce Truck Driver Fatigue

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced last year new hours of service regulations designed to reduce truck driver fatigue. Since that took effect last July 1, we would like to know your thoughts.

They said that over 85% of truckers won’t notice a difference. Maybe that’s true. Some early studies by academics are showing that new new regulations are working. But they are academics. We would rather hear from you to know if they are keeping long haul drivers safer.

If you drive an 18 wheeler, let us know what you think in the comments. And while you are at it, if you are paying too much for your truckers insurance in Texas, call us at (281) 449-0111 for a quote, or get a quote online.