I-80 Wyoming Trucker Uses Almost No Fuel Driving East
Gas prices are too high.
We all know it. Have you seen the price of deiseal? WOW!
So people are trying to find any clever solution they can think of to save a little here and there.
For the record, those fuel-saving gimmicks you can attach to your engine are junk, garbage, trash, and scams. Don't bother.
But there is one Wyoming native who saved 90% on his fuel burn and he actually proved it.
Meet Nigel Stevenson. He was born in Evanston, Wyoming, which is in the extreme southwestern part of the state.
Twice a month Nigel drives a load of goods from the west end of Wyoming to the east end, where he drops off his load in Cheyenne. The trip is a little over six hours one way for a big truck.
With today's fuel prices eating into his profits you can imagine how frustrated he was.
Nigel decided to work with nature, rather than against it.
Before a delivery, Nigel just watches the weather report and schedules his drive west on the windiest days.
Today is, for example, is Tuesday 04/05/22. The winds on I-80 are, in some places, gusting up to 100 mph heading due east.
I think you get the idea of what Nigel was doing here.
"Just don't get caught in the crosswinds," says Nigel. "That could kill a fella."
Having wind that strong pushing at the back of the big trucks loading doors is like opening a sail.
"I was in neutral almost half the way," Nigel claimed. "The wind was just pushing my truck right along. Hills I usually have trouble climbing, because I have a full load, were no trouble at all."
So, what about going home?
It is very rare for the wind to blow in the other direction in this part of the country. So Nigel just waits until it dies down and then heads back.
"I might have to wait a few days but it still saves me money," he says. "The cost of diesel these days is a lot more per mile then the cost of a hotel per night."
EDITORS NOTE! - If you got this far into the story and you did not realize that this was all just satire, I'd suggest you go back and read it again.