I know everyone is aware of the gas prices. It'd be hard not to be wouldn't it? Today I thought I'd bring to your attention the price of Diesel fuel. In the Syracuse, Ny area it's running anywhere from $4.19 up to $4.31 a gallon. As many of you know I had my own Tractor Trailer for 10 years. If I still had it, I would have had to park the truck(and ultimately) lose it. The Owner Operator is a dying breed. The little guy with 1 to 5 or even 10 trucks in his fleet,Just can't compete with the big 10,000 truck fleets like Swift and J.B. Hunt.
While the little guy has to go the Trucks stop and pay full price for the fuel, The big fleets buy in bulk at a very large discounts. The Trucks I drove for Swift when I was there had a fuel tank on each side of the truck. Each tank would hold 150 gallons of fuel. Do the math 300 gals X $4.19 =$1,257 dollars to fill up the truck from empty. I would average usually 2500 miles in a week. My truck would get 6 miles to the gallon. That would be about 416 gallons. So stay with me here just for a minute. There is a point to this. 416 gals X $4.19 = $1,749 would be the amount I would spend on fuel for the week. Every week the little guy is spending that, and believe me the fuel surcharges when they can even get them aren't covering the fuel expenses. Let alone allowing the driver to set aside money for other expenses related to the truck. FORGET taking a paycheck home.
Well Justa, what does that have to do with me. Well over 90% of the freight in the country is being carried by a truck at one time or another in it's journey to the stores. As many of you have felt at the cash register, food has gone up 35%, gas has gone up the same. In fact even going out to eat has gotten more expensive. Every one is passing down the cost of the increased fuel expenditures to you and me the consumers.
We need to seek out alternative fuels. We can send a group of Men and Women into space. Your telling me we don't have the technology to burn a more fuel efficient,cleaner fuel. Or do we? Check this out I talked to an older Gentleman in the Jacuzzi at Golds gym the other day and he claims to be getting 55 mpg. The thing he was telling me about putting on his car was $500.00 for the parts and $100.00 to get someone to put it in that knew what they were doing. As I've looked around the Internet some you can get this for less than that. I want to pull the trigger to try it. I'm just not so sure yet. What do you guys think? Could this be possible? I'm justa asking!
In a closing note. If you believe in the power of prayer like I do! Please join me in praying for this lady she has breast cancer and is expected to die. She is fighting it and needs all the prayers she can get.Check out my account at 43 things also. It's under Justakrusen. I wonder where I came up with that name? :)