Welcome.

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the OpenLine.

It is crazy to think that spring is almost here! As we spring forward with the time change on March 14th, let us also spring into action with our fuel economy.

In January, we were happy to see close to 350 drivers qualify for our Pride Fuel Bonus in the 4th quarter of 2020 with a total payout of $190,000! Out of those drivers, 133 had MPG numbers of 7.5 or higher, and 29 drivers achieved an 8.0 or higher. That is really some incredible work! We have the rest of March to finish up the quarter for what we hope is another healthy payout on our Pride Fuel Bonus in April.

As a reminder, to be eligible for the Fuel Bonus, drivers must:

  • Be employed at the time of payout
  • Have met 90% of the average fleet miles
  • Be in the top 75% of the fleet according to the Pride Performance Scorecard
    • This scorecard is based on driver performance in the areas of Safety, Shop, Operations, and MPG.

The MPG criteria and ranges for the bonus are as follows:

APU Criteria and Pay Out

7.20 – 7.49

$0.01

7.50 – 7.79

$0.03

7.80 – 7.99

$0.04

8.00 – higher

$0.05

Non – APU Criteria and Payout

6.95 – 7.29

$0.01

7.30 – 7.59

$0.03

7.60 – 7.99

$0.04

8.00 – higher

$0.05

As you do your part to help us with this ever-rising expense, take these tips to heart.

  • Idle Percentage – aim for 20% or less with APU and 55% or less without an APU
  • RPM Percentage – spend 5% or less in over max RPM for efficiency. This is even for automatics. RPM range is set at 1400 RPM for all trucks
  • Speed – SLOW DOWN to 60-62 MPH or best MPG speed for your truck/load. I know this is not popular, but certainly a big contributor to overall MPG results. Our best MPG comes from drivers who are consistently in this speed range.
  • Tire Pressure – Steers: 110 lbs psi, Drives: 100 lbs psi, Trailer axles: 100 lbs psi
  • Fuel Stops – Make sure you are using your assigned fuel stops. Using your fuel stops can help with trip planning and help keep Melton’s fuel costs down. If you to make a change to a fuel stop, please send a Macro 39 with the city and state where you would like the adjustment made to stay fuel stop compliant.
  • Limit Out-Of-Route Miles
    • Trip plan carefully for the shortest, most efficient route
    • Carefully consider “easiest” vs shortest route
    • Avoid driving any unnecessary miles during your trips

In closing, I’d like to extend my thanks to our hardworking staff both in and out of the office. Our drivers have difficulties and demands in their job that we certainly do not overlook. Our office staff and those out in the field work hard every day and are happy to give you the tools to do your job safely. We appreciate each of your contributions and continuous effort in making Melton a successful company.

Drive Safely,

Lisa Mason

Vice President of Safety and Human Resources