Ways for Truck Drivers to Improve Fuel Efficiency

 

Improving your fuel efficiency by 1 MPG can save you over $10,000 per year! Luckily for you, there are many simple ways to improve this. Here is our list of the Top 20 Ways for Truck Drivers to Improve Fuel Efficiency. Find the most efficient and secure trucks at this freightliner auction.

 
 
 

1. MINIMIZE CRUISE SPEED

 

This one may seem obvious, but going faster means you are going to burn more fuel. Every 1 MPH increase in speed results in a .14 MPG decrease in fuel economy.

 
 
 

2. MANAGE CRUISE RPM

 

Managing the speed of your engine is also important in maximizing your fuel efficiency. Find the “sweet spot”, which is the most efficient RPM to run your engine. 1250 – 1350 RPM tends to be a good “sweet spot”.

 
 
 

3. USE THE LOWEST COST STATIONS

 

An easy way to save money on fuel is to fill up at the lower cost stations. Many trucking-specific GPS systems will plan your route for you to stop at the less-expensive fuel stations along the way.

 
 
 

4. TAKE THE SHORTEST ROUTE

 

There are often many different ways to get to the same destination. Take the route that requires the least amount of driving in order to use the least amount of fuel.

 
 
 

5. AVOID UNNECESSARY DRIVING

 

If you are going to go out of your way to stop for fuel, you might as well use the restroom and purchase any items you need, in order to avoid going out of your way to stop again a few hours later.

 
 
 

6. AVOID UNNECESSARY ITEMS

 

The more weight that is in your truck, the more it has to work to move down the highway. Your truck already carries thousands of pounds, don’t make it carry any more than it has to.

 
 
 

7. MONITOR TIRE PRESSURE

 

Underinflated tires decrease your fuel economy. For every 1 PSI drop in pressure, your fuel mileage can be reduced by 0.3%.

 
 
 

8. MINIMIZE IDLING

 

Only idle your truck when absolutely necessary. One hour of idling burns about a gallon of fuel.

 
 
 

9. DON’T OVERFILL THE TANK

 

When fuel is heated, it can begin to expand. This means if you fill your tank to capacity, the expanded fuel can cause the tank to overflow and waste fuel.

 
 
 

10. BE MODERATE WITH BRAKING

 

Braking is a necessary part of driving. However, every time you slow down from braking, it takes more fuel to get back up to speed. Leaving more distance between you and the vehicle you are following can reduce braking.

 
 

Yesica Floreshttp://www.elblogdeyes.com
Soy Yes, blogger desde hace más de 5 años. Me he especializado en el viejo y olvidado arte de divagar

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