High fuel costs are a big problem for the trucking industry, and drivers should be careful to make sure they're using as little diesel as possible over the course of their potentially long runs. That may not always seem easy, but with a few tweaks to normal driving habits, truckers can actually save a lot of money on fuel over a few thousands miles.
The following are just a few examples of ways to use less fuel on a daily basis:
1) Don't speed
For every few miles per hour you drive over the speed limit, your truck's fuel economy will drop, according to Tech.co. With that in mind, it's a better idea to set your cruise control right around the speed limit, keep a close eye on your engine's RPM and take everything slow and steady. You may be shocked to see how much gas this saves across a few refilled tanks.
2) Take it easy on the pedals
Much like you don't want to go too hard on your running speed, you should also aim to ease into and out of that speed, Tech.co added. Put another way, accelerating and braking hard puts undue stress on your vehicle overall and can reduce your fuel mileage more significantly than you may realize. Taking things a little more cautiously will help you reduce that wear and tear.
3) Keep an eye on tire pressure
While you may not think of it, improperly inflated tires can create a lot of drag on your vehicle and reduce your fuel efficiency, according to ATBS. When tires are under-inflated, more of their surface area makes contact with the road, and this can reduce your mileage by 10% or more. Keeping tires properly inflated also helps to reduce blowouts, but from a fuel economy standpoint, it also saves money.
4) Don't idle
Many professional drivers leave their trucks to idle in certain situations, mainly because it's convenient to just get back in the cab and go after a quick stop, ATBS cautioned. However, this is obviously a fuel-burner, and an unnecessary one at that. Instead, drivers should always shut off their engines when they exit the truck. In addition to the fuel savings, it's better for the environment as well.
5) Fill up more frequently
Vehicles of all kinds tend to run more efficiently when there's plenty of fuel in the tank, so letting your truck run close to empty is never a good idea, according to The Truckers Report. As such, it's wise to get into the habit of refueling when your tank is only about three-quarters empty, and to handle all other business when you stop to fill up as well. That could include getting a coffee, using the restroom, having a meal and so on. Making all your stops multi-purpose also helps you stay on the road for a longer period of time on each run.
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