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Category: Petroleum and Gas

Shell’s 2018 Starship Launch from AirFlow Truck, with LinkeDrive’s PedalCoach

Chad Kosterman, LinkeDrive’s VP of Customer Success and Operations, visited the Airflow Trucking Company, for the launch of the impressive Shell 2018 Starship. Chad stood alongside as Bob Sliwa, the President of AirFlow Trucking Company, prepared for the initial voyage of AirFlow’s advanced and precision focused truck. Chad was able to witness LinkeDrive’s PedalCoach working real time with the 2018 Starship. PedalCoach is an invaluable asset and driver tool that will help AirFlow reach new industry marks in best-in-class fuel…

"Nickel Per Mile"

We often get asked, “Can I really save an additional .05 per mile in fuel?  I’ve already put truck skirts on the truck and other aerodynamic equipment on the truck…is there still more?”   The answer is yes.  Thirty percent of fuel economy is under direct control of the driver, no matter what type of equipment, limiters, etc. you have on-board.  The key is driver coaching in three areas outside of idling and progressive shifting which can bring fuel economy back…

New Year….New Ideas

Each New Year brings new goals, plans and expectations. Are you looking to squeeze out further fuel savings? Develop new programs to improve your driver retention rate? Reduce accidents? Of all of the factors that affect fuel economy, more than a third are attributable to driver skill. Consider new ideas and technology such as in-cab, real-time coaching to help drivers learn and utilize efficient techniques such as progressive acceleration AND deceleration as well as handling changes in elevation efficiently. Remember,…

Better Fuel Economy? Drivers Hold the Key.

In trucking, 70% of achieved fuel economy has nothing to do with the driver.  It is simply the specification and maintenance level of the truck, the location where it is operated, and the weight of the load.  It comes down to the raw chemistry and physics of converting fuel into kinetic energy thru a machine to perform work.  Reduce weight, reduce resistance, burn all fuel injected into the cylinder:  improve MPG.  The OEMs and suppliers are largely doing a great…