Maximizing Fuel Efficiency

In a world where the price of fuel is consistently trending upward and the average over-the-road truck gets roughly 6.5 miles per gallon (mpg), some owner-operators are going to great lengths to improve their fuel economy.

With a drive to increase efficiency and minimize fuel consumption, Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs), the company’s term for independent truck owner-operators, are no exception. BCOs Alec Costerus and Steve Kron, who each drive older model trucks, have made it their mission to reduce their trucks’ carbon footprints.

“To achieve double-digit fuel economy you have to pay attention to the minutest details in and around your truck,” says Alec Costerus. “Small changes can make a big difference.”

From side skirts, nose cones and trailer tails, to filling air gaps and removing unnecessary objects and emblems from the truck, both BCOs have spent years seeking maximum fuel efficiency.

“Every little detail matters when it comes to aerodynamics. I even go as far as to remove things that don’t need to be on the outside of the truck, like extra door handles and emblems,” says Kron. “Everything is in compliance, the things I remove aren’t necessary. When it comes down to details, the items take away from the aerodynamics of the truck.”

In addition to the tools available to improve aerodynamics on their trucks, advancements in wind speed, tire pressure and cargo weight monitoring technologies make the return on their fuel-saving investments clear.

“All of the technologies out there make it so much easier to track everything – and a lot of it is mobile app-based and free for owner-operators to use,” says Kron. “I wish these technologies were around when I started down this path 10 years ago – data on weight, wind and tire pressure helps me run my businesses better.”

Kron, a Million Mile Safe Driver who leased to Landstar in 1992, drives a 2001 International IHC 9400, achieving a steady 10 mpg fuel economy that he says pumps up his revenue.

“On average I can achieve double-digit efficiency,” says Kron. “The time I invest is worth the payback. It’s something I think every BCO should be doing no matter how old the truck. All the money I save on fuel, goes right back into the truck and to other modifications to improve efficiency.”

Costerus, who leased to Landstar in 2013, runs a 2011 Volvo VNL tractor. After years of updates to his truck, he reports running at more than 9 mpg on average.

“You can achieve great fuel economy in an older truck and run as efficiently as some newer models,” says Costerus. “There is so much more to fuel economy than engine horsepower, torque ratings and rear-end ratios. If the winds are right, trailer axel raised, conditions are perfect and everything is aligned properly, my truck will sometimes exceed 11 mpg,” says Costerus.

Both Costerus and Kron have transformed their trucks into fuel saving machines, proving fuel efficiency beyond the national average is possible with the right technology and know-how.

“It is so much better to work smarter, not harder and nowhere is that more applicable than for the hardworking professional truck driver,” says Costerus. “It is important. You are improving your bottom line while preserving the environment.”

All modifications made to Costerus’ and Kron’s trucks are within federal guidelines of the FMCSA and are in compliance with Landstar’s standards.

September 2018 Star of Quality Recipients

Each month deserving business capacity owners (BCOs), operators and agents earn Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. The award, for members of the Landstar family who go above and beyond the call of duty, recognizes those extra efforts and dedication to service.

The outstanding efforts by these professional men and women throughout September earned them a Landstar Star of Quality Award. Our thanks and praise to the following Landstar owner-operators and agents who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Gold:

Marlaina Gayle Betnaza, Dustin Jones*, Gregory M. Kinch, Derrick Wayne Preston, Zenoviu “Tavi” O. Sirbu, Clyde Thompson

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards.

Silver:

Todd E. Day, Brian E. Jordan, Kendall Scott Rosenberg, Zenoviu “Tavi” O. Sirbu, Heather E. Wogomon, Kenneth R. Wogomon

Bronze:

Phillip Wayne Cain, Randy Allen Cecil, Michael R. Cole, Jose Cruz, Thomas Davis, Keith Dodge, Kim Lloyd Dye, Randy G. Garr, Jason A. Hansen, Herbert Lee Hill, Jeffrey Johns, Joseph S. Knauff, Joseph Lotuk Longoli, Barry N. McLarty, Jose O. Mejicano, Robert L. Pinkston, John D. Rhodes Christopher Dewayne Scott, Jorge Ricardo Valdez, Gary Wire, Michael Wommack, Raul Edenilson Zelaya

If you would like to nominate a Landstar agent or owner-operator for a Star of Quality Award, email: StarQ@Landstar.com

 

 

#ThankYouBCOs

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 

Each year during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW), industry professionals across America take time to honor the country’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers. To thank these professional men and women for their service and commitment, this year’s NTDAW celebration is set for September 9-15.

During NTDAW, Landstar shows business capacity owners (BCOs) – Landstar’s term for independent contractor truck owner-operators with exclusive lease agreements – some extra gratitude by providing free lunches throughout the week and, this year, our BCO Appreciation Days event in Rockford, Illinois.

Landstar BCOs are invited to any of Landstar’s orientation centers for free lunches and a chance to win Landstar prizes Monday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Sept. 14. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. local time at each of these Landstar orientation centers:

  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jefferson, Georgia
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Reedsville, Pennsylvania
  • Sparks, Nevada
  • Rockford, Illinois

Landstar’s NTDAW celebration also includes the final BCO Appreciation Days event and truck giveaway of the year. Join us in Rockford, Illinois, Sept. 12-13. The Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway powered by Comdata will be held during the event on Sept. 12.

#ThankYouBCOs

We’ll also be celebrating BCOs on social media throughout the week, as well as posting opportunities to win Landstar prizes. Be sure to follow the Landstar Owner-Operator (BCO) Facebook page,
and @LandstarSystem on Twitter.
Participate in Landstar’s NTDAW social media conversation by following and using Landstar’s #ThankYouBCOs hashtag in your own posts.

May Star of Quality Awards

When members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, their extra efforts are recognized with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. Deserving business capacity owners (BCOs) and agents receive bronze, silver, gold or platinum lapel pins recognizing their dedication to the best in transportation services.

Our thanks to the following Landstar owner-operators and agents who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Star of Quality Award Winners of May 2018:

Platinum:

Shanon Chardlee Stark

A platinum star is awarded in exceptional circumstances such as those faced with a life or death situation.

Gold:

Bill Ater Jr.*, Allan Biedowicz, Jonathan E. Damm*, Daniel Gensch* Linda Kennedy, Murray Kennedy, Lloyd Edward Lampman*, Samuel P. McVea*, Thomas Moody*, Leslie Osborn*, Jeanette Simpson*, Sandy Lee Smith, Robyn Eve Taylor*, William Asher Taylor*, Dennis Wimberley

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards.

Silver:

Carlos Alvarez, Kenneth E. Armes, David Arnold, Maurice Jerrell Jones, Antonio C. Mercado, John A. O’Brien, Ricky Lamar Patterson II, David Milton Pearce, Michael Sage, Jeannetta Louise Warner, Gary White, Glen R. White, Dallas D. Wood, Pamela Kay Wood

Bronze:

J.William Anderson, James Brian Andrews, Keith J. Belt, Desmond Rodrequis Bennett, Emilio M. Coe, Leroy I. Elzy, Tamra E. Fredendall, Edith Giacomo, Kody Giacomo, Gary Lynn Hoyer, Robert Andrew Kampras, Brad Everette Keller, Donald W. Knuth, Michael Joseph Kruzel, Debra Anne LaBree, James R. Lawson, Andrew Paul Martin, Darci Jane Martin, Sammy Alan McMurtury, Osvaldo Medina, Raul Medina Jr., Donald Mezzapella, Anthony A. Payne, Teddy Kollek Pounds, Donnie K. Raby, Mark William Rosian, David Adam Smith, Michael A. Stewart, Rodney Stewart, Anthony Allen Taggart, Billy Earl Tannehill, Gavin Edward Tookey, Tammy Darnell Tookey, Jeffrey W. Zerblis.

If you would like to nominate a Landstar BCO or agent to receive a Star of Quality Award, send an email to StarQ@Landstar.com

Landstar on iTruck Radio

Landstar Transportation Logistics Vice President of Capacity Development Scott Ray recently sat down with iTruckRadio host Daniel Johnson to talk about Landstar.

During an hour-long, live interview, Ray explained the Landstar system to listeners – from the advantages of leasing to Landstar to the requirements for becoming an independent owner-operator leased to Landstar.

 

Listen to Scott Ray’s interview by clicking here.

January Star of Quality Awards

When members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, their extra efforts are recognized with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. Deserving business capacity owners (BCOs) and agents receive bronze, silver, gold or platinum lapel pins recognizing their dedication to the best in transportation services.

Our thanks to the following Landstar owner-operators and agents who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Star of Quality Award Winners of January 2018:

Gold:

George McGregor, Jason Lloyd Mollett, Gene Douglas Tunney, Kenneth Wiley, Billie Williams, Kaye B. Williams

Silver:

Eugene Vincent Antinori, Paul D. Burrows, Sharon Kay Burros, Jason A. Daniels, Marqueeta Gshame Daniels, David Kent Faulkner, Gary V. Godfrey, Rena B. Godfrey, Edward Gonzalez, Charles J. Herron, David Eddison Lewis Jr., James Leslie McLimore, Andrea E. Perry, Calvin V. Whaley Sr., Larry S. Wheeler, Darlene L. Wright-Recchioni

Bronze:

Cynthia Marie Alexander, Russell Howard Alexander II, Bakthakumar Bagavatsingham, Jeffrey Harold Brantley, Stephen J. Campbell, Richard Gary Farmer, Francis Johanny Giusti, Lewis Felipe Giusti, James Lee Gorby, Lenwood Phillip Hampton, Joy Misley-Hinshaw, Ricardo Keith Kelly, Eddy L. Maddox, Muniram Deandre Mahadeo, Ewa Masajada, Paul K. McElfresh, William Mesidor, Maria R. Morgan, Stephen S. Morgan, Franklin R. Prue, Michael D. Slagle, Sam A. Speicher, Willard Harvey Sullins, Puneet Verma Jr., Gertrudes C. Vervoort, Luis B. Wilmoth IV, Gerald L. Wong, Susan H. Wong

If you would like to nominate a Landstar BCO or agent to receive a Star of Quality Award, send an email to StarQ@Landstar.com

Maximize Revenue Opportunities

Landstar independent owner-operators can save time and maximize revenue opportunities with the Landstar Maximizer™ mobile app, now available for Android or iPhone.

With one click of the app’s Ask Max™ button, owner-operators can start planning multiple loads – all at the same time. The Landstar-exclusive technology is a robust search engine that puts together the best combinations of back-to-back loads, creating multi-leg, full-week runs from which to choose.

Watch this video about how the Landstar Maximizer mobile app gets Landstar BCOs where they want to be:

The app is available to BCOs with a current LandstarOnline.com username and password. Download it today for Android or iPhone smartphones.

December Star of Quality Awards

When members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, their extra efforts are recognized with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. Deserving business capacity owners (BCOs) and agents receive bronze, silver, gold or platinum lapel pins recognizing their dedication to the best in transportation services.

Our thanks to the following Landstar owner-operators and agents who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Star of Quality Award Winners of December 2017:

Gold:

Joshua C. Whitaker

Silver:

David R. Long, Adam R. Miller

Bronze:

Terence Ray Baker, Brandy Lee Bardin, Andrew Barnes, LB Barnes Jr., Samuel James Bayne, Todd Lee Burnett, Jason A. Daniels, Marqueeta Gshame Daniels, Jerry W. Eppinger, David Kent Faulkner, Mark Edward Fullbright, Raul Gomez Jr., Jerrod Mikneal Griffith, Yokvany La O, Loren Michael Lamb, Bryan C. Lester, Donald Ray Lundy, Oscar Martinez Jr., Garrett D. McIntosh, Stacy Laponza Gunn Sr., James Henry Morris Jr., Justin Lee Otten, Willie Alfred Palmer Jr., Bruno Barrios Perez, Zbigniew Joseph Rajca, Charsie Cornell Robertson, Theodis Sanders, Jesus Manuel Santana, Alan Franklin Sheain Jr., Eric Eugene Williams.

If you would like to nominate a Landstar BCO or agent to receive a Star of Quality Award, send an email to StarQ@Landstar.com

 

BCOs Maximize Opportunities

Searching through thousands of loads to put together a multileg run takes time that could be better spent on the road, generating more revenue. Now Landstar owner-operators can utilize the Landstar Maximizer™ mobile app to find the best combination of back-to-back loads to meet their needs for a multileg full-week run.

The new Landstar Maximizer search engine is a Landstar-exclusive technology in a convenient mobile app designed to help Landstar’s independent owner-operators spend less time searching for loads and expand their overall revenue opportunities. When owner-operators and drivers use the Landstar Maximizer app they:

  • Reduce time spent finding loads
  • Reduce down time used searching for the next load
  • Reduce deadhead miles
  • Optimize routes
  • Maximize revenue opportunities
  • Maximize home time

With the Landstar Maximizer mobile app, users choose the origin and ultimate destination, the start and end dates for the days of desired travel and the trailer type. Tap the ASK MAX™ button and, within seconds, the user is able to select one of hundreds of multileg combinations generated by the Landstar Maximizer app.

This new mobile app searches available loads from Landstar’s load board, combines that best matches to an owner-operators search criteria, then displays the overall revenue, distance, rate-per-mile and duration of the multileg routes.

The expanded beta version of the Landstar Maximizer app is available for download today from the Google Play Store for Android smartphone users or from Apple’s App Store for iPhone users.

The Landstar Maximizer app is available for Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs), the company’s term for independent owner-operators, with a current LandstarOnline username and password. Owner-operators interested in leasing on with Landstar should contact Landstar’s BCO recruiting department at 1-800-435-4010 or visit www.LeaseToLandstar.com.

Free Holiday Meals for BCOs

The Landstar tradition of offering complimentary holiday meals continues in hopes of making the season a little brighter for BCOs on the road and away from their families over the holidays.

Once again, Landstar has teamed up with TravelCenters of America (TA) and Petro Stopping Centers to offer complimentary meals on Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) and Christmas (Dec. 25).

There are two ways to receive your free holiday meal coupon:

  • Starting Nov. 1, 2017, UltraONE members can follow this link to register for a Thanksgiving meal coupon. The coupon can be printed at a TA/Petro kiosk on Thanksgiving Day.
  •  Click here to register for your Christmas meal coupons starting Dec. 1, 2017.
  • BCOs who are not UltraOne, RoadKing or Passport cardholders can stop by any Landstar orientation center or contact LCAPP at 800-531-5227 for their holiday meal ticket.

The deadline to log on and register for the meal coupon for Thanksgiving is 4 p.m. Nov. 20, 2017. The deadline to register for the Christmas meal coupon is 4 p.m. Dec. 20, 2017. BCOs can print out their meal tickets on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day at any TA or Petro kiosk.

Coupons are valid for a meal that costs up to $19 for an individual or up to $38 for team drivers and spouses. Meals are available at participating TA and Petro locations with full service restaurants.

The meal includes dinner, dessert, beverage and tax. The coupon is not valid for tips. Photocopies of the coupon will not be accepted. The meal coupons are only valid Nov. 23 and Dec. 25.