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Avoid Idling Your Commercial Truck!

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  Tuesday, February 12, 2013

You may have heard that it is a bad idea to idle your personal car. What about your commercial truck? As an owner operator, you must understand the risks your vehicles face both from outside and inside sources. Make sure your truckers understand that some things they may be doing while parked, driving, or idling could damage the insides of the machine. This could cost your company more than just money, but business.

Idling your commercial truck engine consumes a lot of gasoline and diesel fuel, which means loss of money. In addition, leaving the truck to warm up generates large amounts of air pollution. Truck idling can damage the operating life of the vehicle, leading to increased maintenance and engine rebuilding costs. Did you know leaving the engine on is also harmful to the health of your employees and those nearby? Don’t let your drivers’ second home become a hazardous space. Follow these tips on how to be idle free from now on:

Tractor trailer sitting at a loading dock. Space for text on the trailer.

  • Turn off your ignition if you are waiting more than 10 seconds. 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine.
  • Warm up your engine by driving it, not by idling. This is the best way to stay warm or cooled down.
  • Protect your commercial engine by idling less, and then your truck can operate for a longer time period.

So next time your truckers are waiting around on a delivery and feel like blasting the heat, AC, or using the electricity for their appliances, they should reconsider. At Mid South Truckers Group, we hope your company understands the dangers of idling and how to prevent the situation from occurring all the time. As you know, your business experiences many different safety and legal issues. This is why you should be insured for your unique risks with our motor carrier insurance solutions. One of our expert agents will be happy to go over all of your options and show you how we can save you money while offering superior protection.

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