Truckers' secret to fuel efficiency: take it easy | Reuters

EAST DUBUQUE, Illinois Mario Enriquez says theres no real trick to getting great fuel mileage in a big truck.

"Just take it easy," says the 61-year-old native of El Paso, whos driven an 18-wheeler for 11 years. "I don't gun the engine, I just gradually give it the gas."

Enriquez averaged 9.74 miles per gallon from February to April in an International ProStar made by Navistar International Corp. For that, his employer, Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT), awarded him a Nissan Versa compact car. Enriquez wasnt even the best of the companys drivers in the latest quarter, but no driver is allowed to win more than once and all those ahead of him were previous winners.

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