You may have guessed. I’m losing potential money. Why? Â Cause my employer has their own pocket book in mind. Â UGH. Â Let me explain.
So, I drive a truck. Â Since fuel, specifically diesel, prices were so high in 2008, my employer made it a requirement that each company truck get a certain mile per gallon(MPG). Â The requirement at the time was 6.0 MPG. Â That’s easy to obtain in their fleet. Most trucks are getting well above that. Â As drivers, we get a bonus to every 1/10th of a mpg. Â That can make a nice little difference in a check, especially when trucks are getting upwards of 7 or 8 mpg. Â Well, they raised it to 6.25 mpg at the time. Â Around May, they raised it to 6.5 mpg. Â As of yesterday, they raised it yet again to 6.75 mpg. Â Fuck.
I drive an ’08 Freightliner Century Class with a Detroit 60 Series w/ Eaton-Fuller 10spd tranny. Â I’m not sure the rating and what not, but the truck is geared and powered for MPG at cruising speed, which is a whopping 60 mph. Â On an average 2300 miles week, Saturday to Saturday, I can pull an average 7.4-7.6 mpg. Â All summer my bonuses were pretty good. Â Now I think they are gonna start sucking. Â On top of that, employer wants me to run at 52-55 mph. The speed limit in most states is 65, 70, & 75, with the exception of California and Illinois, where trucks it is 55 mph. Â How much slower am I driving compared to others? Â Lucky I havent been fuckin rear ended.
They are taking my money away so they can save money on fuel, which I dont pay for. In my mind they are skimping me on my fuel bonus and saving themselves a lot of money on fuel and the bonus. Â Where’s my incentive to slow down and boost my mileage? Â Oh, my job. Â Cause If I dont slow down and keep my MPG up, they will fire me. Â Oh yes, they said their gonna boost it to 7 MPG probably by 2010. Â Can I have any more stress please?
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