Re: A defensive driver is a fuel-efficient driver, April Truck News.
I enjoyed and agreed fully with your editorial comment about fuel efficiency. I try to drive efficiently in both the commercial vehicle and our personal vehicle.
It’s better for the equipment if you are easier on it. They say the winter cold and the summer heat are extremely hard on your engine components.
If there is a weak spot, so to speak, the extreme cold or the summer heat will find it.
Anyway, my point being, driving economically is a win-win situation. Our personal vehicle is a Ram with a V8 Hemi engine.
We average this time of year 18 to 20 miles per gallon.
In summer that average is up to 26 to 28 miles per gallon. We drive defensively on our trips and are rewarded with pretty good fuel mileage in our pickup.
Also, routine maintenance on our pickup is less expensive, as we take it easy. In short, just wanted to say that, yes, driving defensively does reward your pocketbook.
Mark Murray Via e-mail
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