Despite wide spread anti-idling laws and technology, go to any truck stop today and you’ll see plenty of trucks sitting with their truck turned on. Even with lower fuel prices, there’ still plenty of money to be saved.
Drivers are more open to new idle reduction technologies when they are educated on the benefits. The biggest concern of most drivers’ is maintaining a home-like environment as much as possible.
When educating driver’s on the cost and benefits to reducing idling, it is easier for the driver to make the connection when idle reduction training and fuel efficiency training is taught together so they are able to see the bigger picture.
Some steps to reducing idling are:
Electronic engine parameters- these can be set at specified intervals and the engine will shut down after a certain amount of time.
Auxiliary power units can be utilized. These units receive power by small diesel engines and/or battery powered.
Bunk heaters are another alternative that can be used. They are inexpensive to purchase and to maintain. When the engine is off, fans draw in warm bunk air, which is then cooled by a frozen cored, then blown back into the sleeper. These units only provide cab cooling, not heating or AC electrical power, and the amount of cooling time is limited.
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