By - SBS Expedited06/20/2021
Truck drivers are always looking for ways to save money, whether it is by purchasing fuel at a cheaper price or keeping down the cost of maintenance. Fuel consumption is probably one of the most expensive aspects of operating a truck. There are many factors affecting how much fuel your big rig is burning. By making changes to your vehicle, your driving habits, or even the way you load it, you can save thousands of dollars on fuel costs every year. Here are some tips to reduce your truck's fuel consumption and increase fuel efficiency
Plan Your Route Beforehand
It is generally less fuel-efficient to drive on roads with heavy traffic than it is on empty roads. Consider alternate routes while traveling long distances. You will spend less money on gas, reduce wear and tear on your vehicle, and be able to do something productive with your time. Also, you should avoid taking extended trips during peak periods of traffic!
Minimize Long Idle Times
Idling for more than 5 to 10 minutes burns fuel without delivering any benefit, and can damage your truck’s engine. By keeping the engine off when it’s not in use, you can save yourself time, money and protect your engine.
Keep Your Truck's Tires Properly Inflated
Properly inflated tires improve fuel efficiency and reduce wear and tear on your truck’s engine. They also make your truck safer to drive! If you notice that your gas mileage isn't what it should be, check to make sure your tires are properly inflated.
Minimize Your Truck's Weight
The heavier your truck is, the more fuel it uses. Minimizing unnecessary cargo weight will help conserve fuel and keep your wallet full. According to a Canadian study, a truck that reduces its weight by 110 pounds will save $490 in fuel over 124,274 miles.
Drive at a Reasonable Speed for Long Distances
It is usually more fuel-efficient for you to drive at a consistent speed, rather than accelerating and braking frequently. Speeding up and down can greatly increase your fuel consumption. In addition, by driving over the speed limit you are increasing the risk of being pulled over and fined. Also adjusting your cruise control to a slightly lower speed setting will result in less fuel usage and a more efficient, relaxed driving experience.
Drive with Care
Avoid hard braking as much as possible, as this is a major cause of poor fuel efficiency. When you have to brake suddenly, ease off the accelerator first, then slow down gradually. When you need to accelerate from a complete stop, do so gradually. This type of driving promotes better fuel efficiency and also helps reduce stress on your vehicle.
Staying safe while maximizing fuel efficiency doesn't require superhuman effort or endurance; it just requires a little knowledge and discipline! By keeping these tips in mind, you can ensure that every mile you travel gets you closer to where you want to go.
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