It may be that most truck drivers struggle with the high cost of fuel, so if your loved one operates a commercial motor vehicle you might want to slip a gas card in their stocking this holiday season. But all joking aside, purchasing gas is a major expenditure for truckers, and it can be daunting to fill up during a long trip. It is possible to save fuel - or at the very least, be more conservative to get more miles per gallon. Here are some quick tips on how to do just that:
Watch your heating and cooling
Naturally, it's important to be comfortable in the cab, but that does not mean it's a good idea to keep it at Arctic temperatures in the desert and in roaring heat when in the chilly mountains. Keep the air conditioner at a comfortable and manageable temperature when driving. Same goes for the heat: Of course, you have to stay warm, but put on an extra layer rather than crank up the temperature.
Fuel in the morning
According to The Trucker's Report, filling up first thing in the morning is the way to get the most for your money. Use the lowest setting to ensure that the least amount of vapors and the maximum amount of gas enters the tank. When you set the fill speed higher, the reverse is true. Additionally, the source noted, it is important to stop before the tank is empty to increase efficiency.
Watch your stopping and speed
Every 5 miles per hour you travel after 65 decreases fuel economy by 7% said American Trucker. It may not be exactly what you want to hear, but if you're trying to save fuel, slow down. If possible, try to use the cruise setting on the highway to maintain an even speed.
Additionally, it takes a lot of energy for the truck to start up again once it reaches a complete stop. The source noted that drivers should keep their eyes peeled for slower or halted traffic and adjust speed accordingly, slowing down just enough such that the vehicle does not have to come to a complete stop. Of course, there are times when this is unavoidable but staying alert to traffic conditions can help considerably.
It makes perfect sense to turn off the engine when not using the truck and to try and remember not to sit idling, but many drivers just forget. When you find yourself chatting for longer than expected at a rest stop or waiting to pull into a delivery dock, just turn off the engine, American Trucker said. And while your engine is off and you're waiting, take a moment to check out the condition of your truck. Regular maintenance is important, but keeping an eye on things in general can make a difference to your mileage. Worn out tires, leaking charge air coolers, and dated fuel injectors can be responsible for wasting fuel.
It is also a good idea to join any rewards programs or obtain loyalty cards. Some offer discounts when you fill up. Unfortunately, there is no magic solution to getting more miles per gallon, but being more mindful can help conserve gas and make your wallet a little happier.
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