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About Trucks Drive a Cleaner Tomorrow

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The American Trucking Associations is committed to a bold sustainability program that will have an immediate impact on the environment, reducing fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons and thus reducing the carbon footprint of all vehicles by nearly a billion tons over the next ten years.

Our new plan will extend the significant progress industry has already made over the past 24 years in reducing its carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment. Delivering Economic Value: Trucking is the driving force behind the nation's economy moving 11 billion tons of freight each year. Trucks deliver 100 percent of all consumer products and 70 percent of all freight tonnage; 80 percent of U.S. communities receive their goods exclusively by truck.

Delivering Environmental Improvements: New engines, highly efficient particulate filters, ultra-low sulfur diesel oil, and new management techniques have reduced the industry's environmental impact significantly.

Lowering Our Carbon Footprint: Thanks to ATA's cooperation with the government and 37,000 affiliates to develop and encourage use of its sustainability recommendations, the program will reduce fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons and CO2 emissions from all vehicles by 900 million tons in the next 10 years, ATA estimates.

Drive Smart Tips

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The trucking industry is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment. For consumers looking to play their part, we offer the following tips from AAA and the U.S. Government’s fueleconomy.gov Web site.

Quick Tips from AAA

  • Take the direct route. Cut out the Sunday and scenic drives.
  • Inflate your tires properly – check the owner’s manual, drivers’ door jamb or the wall of the tire for correct PSI.
  • Replace dirty air filters.
  • Inspect and replace misfiring spark plugs, which ensure your engine achieves maximum combustion.
  • Use fresh and proper engine oil. The recommended motor oil for your vehicle will save you 3 to 5 cents a gallon
  • Use the AC sparingly – it reduces fuel economy between 5 and 14%.

AAA offers a Fuel Price Finder for consumers looking for comparisons of gas prices in their area. Access this AAA resource.

Advice from the U.S. Government’s fueleconomy.gov Web site

Drive Sensibly
Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.

Fuel Economy Benefit: 5-33%

Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.18-$1.16/gallon

Observe the Speed Limit
While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.

As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.

Observing the speed limit is also safer.

Fuel Economy Benefit: 7-23%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.25-$0.81/gallon

Remove Excess Weight
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2%. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.

Fuel Economy Benefit: 1-2%/100 lbs
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.04-$0.07/gallon

Avoid Excessive Idling
Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.

Use Cruise Control
Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

Use Overdrive Gears
When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.

Recommendations

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Recommendations

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is committed to a series of measures designed to further reduce the carbon emissions of trucks in the United States. Our recommendations are practical and achievable and will deliver immediate benefit. In an industry with thin profit margins and escalating fuel costs, increasing fuel efficiency and minimizing fuel consumption are major goals of any trucking company. Those goals coincide with the global need for industries to reduce their carbon footprint and their overall environmental impact.

With its 37,000 members and affiliated organizations, ATA is confident that the trucking industry can make a major contribution to the move toward a sustainable economy.


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