Do you know enough about truck engine idling? In the trucking industry, there are many stops to be made. On average, a truck driver may spend up to 11 hours a day on the road (Flock Freight). That makes for very long days without much time for anything else. So when they are able to take a break, you better believe that truckers will take that opportunity.
If you are a truck driver, you know that, while rewarding, the job is demanding, the hours long, and there is not much time spent at home. That being said, how do you take your breaks? Do you schedule them out? Perhaps you stop whenever necessary and take the time to stay out of your truck for a while and stretch your legs, get something to eat, and use the restroom.
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One thing that nearly all truck drivers have experienced is truck idling. This is a normal part of every truck driver’s average day, but there are certain things that you may not know about it. Continue reading for some information on what truck idling is, why it may be needed, why it isn’t recommended, and ways to avoid idling when possible.
Truck idling is when a driver leaves the engine of the truck running, but the truck is not going anywhere. It may be parked or stuck in traffic. Sometimes it is unavoidable, but other times, truckers will leave the truck idling when they are at a rest stop, in non- or slow-moving traffic, while they sleep, or before the truck takes off to warm up the engine.
Many truck drivers use idling for different reasons. While overall it can be avoided, there are some situations in which truck idling is necessary. Sometimes idling cannot be avoided, such as in cases like these:
In these circumstances, idling a truck may be unavoidable. It could be necessary to leave the truck idling, even when the driver is not behind the wheel.
There are several reasons why truck idling is not recommended and can even be harmful rather than helpful. While it may not be the intention of the driver to do any harm, it is possible that truck idling may do more harm than good. Below are some reasons why truck idling is not recommended and could potentially be harmful.
As you can see, truck idling can be the cause of some serious problems and a waste of quite a bit of money. While sometimes it may be necessary, there may be other solutions that you can try instead of idling your truck.
There are some alternatives to truck idling in certain situations. While it can’t be avoided in all situations, here are some alternatives and ways to be idle-free in those that it can:
Truck idling is a very common occurrence with trucking, but it can come at a very high cost. Keeping idling down to a minimum is a great way to save money, time, and the environment. While you may not be able to 100% stop idling altogether, you may be able to cut down quite a bit with some of the tips listed above.
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If you are a trucker and you use idling as a method for anything, then consider switching methods. It is easy and affordable to do so, and the environment will thank you. Keep these things in mind the next time you leave your truck idling. Switch off the engine when possible. It is such an easy fix to some rather big issues.
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