Owner Operator

February 2013

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FEATURE Owner Operators and Fleet Managers Save 10% or More on Fuel Costs by Maximizing Engine Efficiency High-performance gauge tuners help reduce fuel consumption and improve engine performance to keep truckers competitive "P ushing the limits is what wins championships," according to Ted Kravitz of Sky Sports F1 HD News. No less competitive is the heavy-duty trucking industry, where owner/ operators and fleet managers must race to stay ahead of rising diesel prices, regulations, and rivals. Seeking that extra edge, many truckers are turning to an emerging technology in the form of gauge tuners that coax maximum performance from their engines to yield significant fuel savings. "I have seen a notable increase in fuel economy with the gauge tuner unit we have; about 15 percent," says Joe Parks, general manager of Romulus, Michigan-based Pilot Transport a division of United Road Services Inc. United Road is the premier auto transport company in North America, transporting nearly 2 million cars for all major global vehicle manufacturers. For any fleet like that of Pilot Transport, which operates several trucks, the savings add up quickly. "Right now, our fuel costs are about 72 cents per mile," Parks continues. "We mounted a gauge tuner on one truck and saved about 8 cents a mile. Since we run about 600,000 miles a month, potentially, / OWNER OPERATOR/ FEBRUARY 2013 / / 18 OO0213_text2.indd 18 1/4/13 11:31 AM

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