Fuel costs

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by AriGab, Feb 9, 2024.

  1. AriGab

    AriGab Bobtail Member

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    Hey everyone sorry for bothering you again. I was wondering what the best way to keep fuel costs down? Obviously keep your foot off the floor lol. I have heard of Comdata cards for example. Are there credit cards or company cards that give fuel discounts? If so which are the best? Or Pilot J or similar where you get so much off if you have a membership? Just wondering what everyone does too keep the costs down?
     
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  3. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Road Train Member

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    Best way to keep fuel costs down is to park it and not haul cheap freight.
     
  4. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    fuelbook and mudflap work best for me
     
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  5. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

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    I actually just got TCS, seems pretty good, Mudflap isn’t as good as it used to be but majority of the time I try to fill up in the yard out my own tank
     
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  6. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    I use TCS. @AriGab, there are tons of threads on this. Try the search bar in the top right.
     
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  7. shatteredsquare

    shatteredsquare Road Train Member

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    less miles and less speed

    600 mile day...
    ...
    8.5mpg @ 60mph =
    70.58 gallons, 10 hrs
    ...or...
    7.0 mpg @ 70mph =
    85.71 gallons, 8.57 hrs

    15 gallons x $4 =
    $60/day, x M-F =
    $300/week =
    $1200/month =
    $14,400/year

    4500 gross week on 3k miles
    at 70mph (7mpg) =
    428.57 gallons x $4/gallon =
    $1714 fuel =
    keep 2786

    3500 gross week on 2k miles
    at 60mph (8.5mpg) =
    235.29 gallons x $4/gallon =
    $941 fuel =
    keep 2559

    ideally one version you can keep going for two or three months without running yourself and the equipment ragged
     
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  8. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

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    so what do you plan on doing after lunch?

    Fuel is a tax write off, my time is gone forever, you want to work a full day to do a half days work go ahead, but im doing my work and going home, though I guess if you are running a truck for $3500 a week you have to pinch Pennys when you can
     
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  9. shatteredsquare

    shatteredsquare Road Train Member

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    after lunch I go to sleep so I can drive in darkness and peace. 3500 a week is about the highest consistently available possibility with where i'm leased on, two loads a week. you can cram in more but you can't do it two weeks in a row, it always ends up jacking up the flow and one week ends up 1500 gross in BFE w me punching a hole in a wall, over the month u might as well do 4 weeks of easy, pays out more or the same as 3 weeks of redline. but I'm capped on gross potential in a small load board. point me to somewhere else there's consistent 1.75/mile freight on carrier's insurance. two more years of this most dangerous job in the country mess
     
  10. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

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    You can have it, I’m not even looking at my truck for $1.75 a mile regardless whose paying what, $2.75 a mile will still get hung up on.
     
  11. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    My plan is a little different. Drive as new a truck as I can afford (for effeciency). Notice I did not say buy a brand new truck. Doesn't fit my plan.

    Mine gets 7 to 7.5 mpg running 67-68 on winter fuel. Haven't had the newer truck long enough to know about summer fuel but I expect 8ish.

    Track your fuel using an app like Fuel gauges, or just calc by hand. My fuel runs .47cpm This is all I need to know fuelwise to set my rates and run my truck.

    I'm not willing to drive any slower just to save fuel. I'd rather spend the extra time getting loads that pay more.



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