Discussion in 'Start Your Journey Here' started by BackOffMyTruck, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. BackOffMyTruck

    BackOffMyTruck generic non-offensive saying

    The reason why I'm only getting 6.5 MPG is because my current truck has over 500,000 miles on it and has several mechanical problems the company has chosen not to fix. They are not safety issues, but they do cut into fuel economy. The repairs would be costly and my truck is due for trade in any day now. I should be making around 7 MPG, but the inefficiancies of mechanical issues and age it's just not as good as it should be. The Caterpillar C-13 engine has continuing troubles with fuel injector actuators. My truck suffers from it as well. I've had the actuators replaced once in the last year and they are at it again :(
    As for how I can run 600 miles a day, here's how it works. I am allowed 11 hours of driving per day with 14 hours on duty. Breaks of over 30 minutes may be logged as off duty time. The log books works on 15 minute blocks of time. If I stop at noon and pull back out at 12:38 that is more than 7 and 1/2 minutes through the next time block so my departure time gets logged as 12:45 thus washing out the lost time in decelleration and accelleration back to highway speed. Perfectly legal. I have had my log books audited and compared to the GPS tracker data. My logs come up clean and legal. Yes, in 11 hours of driving I easily churn out 600 miles a day.
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Al:

    ___Not at 63 mph and not when accusing us of doing exactly what we see day in and day out.

    ___Am I glad BackOffMyTruck is here? You bet. Will he continue to drive 63 mph when we all know the stopping distances at those speeds make him the most dangerous thing on the road plus burns a quickly depleting natural resource like it is as plentiful as air? I am sure he will but I would never promote that kind of nonsense. You should not either.

    ___Good Luck

  3. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Wayne - wrong thread?
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Andrew:

    ___Nope :)

    ___Good Luck

  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Just me being confused with too many windows open, then. Sorry everyone.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2008
  6. kmactavi

    kmactavi Well-Known Member

    Wayne, until there is a complete overhaul of North America's rail system, there is a very real dependency on semis for essentially all the products we purchase. BackOff has already said that he follows the speed limit (driving 63 in a 65 is legal) and observes safe following distances, how many semi drivers can say the same? I don't see anything wrong with this practice, and I think that we should be encouraging one of the 'good' professional drivers rather than calling him "the most dangerous thing on the road".

  7. shifty35

    shifty35 Well-Known Member

    Wow, this has been a fun thread. I've got a couple things to contribute.

    Everyone in the world is dependent on goods delivered by trucks, so we all have a reason to be grateful to those drivers who obey the rules of the road and operate in as safe a manner as possible.

    These drivers do what they are told, for the most part. If their supervisors tell them to drive 63 mph, and driving slower costs their company lost revenue, it is not the driver's fault.

    The problem is the industry is founded on practices that encourage wasteful consumption and unsafe behavior. The drivers did not choose these practices.

    Drivers with good safety records ought to be rewarded. Are drivers who produce good consumption numbers equally rewarded? Or would they be docked for taking too long to deliver the load?

    Sadly, it's a world based on the almighty dollar that we live in. So long as it is more profitable to go faster, it will happen.

    And it makes a vicious cycle. The more fuel is wasted, the higher fuel costs become. The higher fuel costs will eventually force the industry to slow down just to continue to be profitable.

    Why not just slow down now, reduce consumption and forestall the impending fuel price jumps?

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