Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

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FuelSmarts 36 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com sions per truck each year. But you may not have the extra capacity to be able to offer on-the- road training. And while classroom training is valuable, driving simula- tors offer another, more interactive level of training. Training that targets fuel ef- ficiency can help drivers recognize and change driving habits that waste fuel. For example, driving 65 mph instead of 55 mph can use up to 20% more fuel, and driving with the engine rpm too high can waste exhibited hard accelerating events 8% of the time they accelerated and hard braking events 15% of the time they stopped. After their eco-driver training experience, these metrics improved to only 5% and 9%, respectively. According to the Environmen- tal Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership, a driver training program that improves fuel economy by 5% could save over $3,000 in fuel costs and eliminate 8 metric tons of greenhouse gas emis- Deborah Lockridge ● Editor in Chief W hen the City of Waterloo in On- tario conducted a four-month trial of a fuel-efficient driver training program, it was able to improve the score among the 20 test vehicles by 17%. A simulator program from Virage Simulation taught drivers to reduce harsh acceleration and harsh braking. During the initial phase of the project, which set a baseline via a telematics system, vehicle operators Driving simulators aren't just for new drivers or safety training How simulators can help save fuel In this Eco-Drive challenge program, you can see the driver accelerating gradually while the non-fuel-saving- truck on the left has raced ahead to the next light. Look at the red arrow below the truck graphic on the left that indicates the energy being wasted in hard braking. PHOTOS: DEBORAH LOCKRIDGE

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