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Truck Companies Expected to Spend $135 Billion on Fuel in 2008

April 02, 2008

SOMERSET, PA – The cost of fuel is not only affecting motorists driving around town, butalso truckers topping off their diesel tanks. With diesel at about $4 a gallon,officials at local trucking companies said it is becoming increasinglydifficult to run a profitable business, according to the Daily American Online.

The nationwide average for a gallon ofdiesel fuel this week was $4.03, according to th AAA Web site. The average in Pennsylvania was $4.25.To combat diesel prices, drivers are being more conscious of wear and tear ontrucks — a move that would help decrease the amount of fuel being pumped intotanks. Also, some companies are asking drivers to slow down, decrease idleengines, and keep track of the number of gallons of fuel needed to haul loads.Also, some trucking companies are pushing for higher fuel surcharges from thecompanies they haul for.

According to the American Trucking Association’s Web site, the truckingindustry spent more than $112 billion on fuel in 2007 and is expected to spend$135 billion in 2008. Diesel prices have risen more than 19 percent so far thisyear.

 

 

 

 

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