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Driving smart does pay off

Dear Editor,Now that the hot heads' hoopla seems to have faded into the background, I think it's time to reflect on the fuel crisis.I spoke to my wife on several occasions in the past about the high r...


Dear Editor,

Now that the hot heads’ hoopla seems to have faded into the background, I think it’s time to reflect on the fuel crisis.

I spoke to my wife on several occasions in the past about the high rate of speed most of these professionals travel. I, for one, was guilty. But she has noticed that more and more drivers are starting to slow down. This is reviving my faith in the industry.

I was in the office of Laben Herr of Laidlaw Carriers, and we got on the topic of fuel management. He stated all these facts about how I could save money. First, slow down, then buy your fuel smart. Laben sat at his desk, shaking his head with concern and frustration over those of us (me included) who just keep right on flying down our highways with no regard for the money blowing out of our exhaust stacks. “Why do I go to such trouble with our customers and ask for fuel surcharges (which most gave without any hesitation) when you guys won’t even try to help yourselves?” he asked.

As of that day, I began driving for money without working harder. Well, you guessed it, I have already begun to see the profit. Not only are we going to save fuel and maintenance costs but, as a driver, I’m more relaxed.

We all hate what the media has made us out to be. It’s now time to change that image, and become the professionals that we are supposed to be. And why not make some money at the same time?

Michael R. Benn

Bewdley, Ont.


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