Fuel efficiency is on everyone’s mind since diesel and gas prices have remained relatively high over the last few months with no signs of significant dips ahead. Truckers have several tips and tricks for keeping your mileage low. Here are a few ways you can save fuel on the road:
• Observe the speed limit and use cruise control. Speeding is one of the main culprits to poor fuel mileage. For every mph over 50, you will decrease your mileage by 0.1 mile per gallon. Sudden acceleration and deceleration will also decrease fuel economy. As often as you can, put on the cruise control and keep a steady speed.
• Keep truck accessories to a minimum. You don’t want to add any more weight than necessary. Chrome and other accessories will only increase the burden on the truck’s engine.
• When starting out from a stop, short-shift in the low-range gears between 1,100 and 1,200 rpm. Watch your boost gauge and keep it steady.
• Perform routine maintenance on your truck as often as possible. This is another major culprit that will keep your fuel economy low. Check tire pressure often, replace fuel and air filters, and use a quality synthetic when changing engine, transmission, and axle oil.
• Use a good GPS. GPS systems can now reroute you around traffic and detours to find the safest, quickest way possible to your destination. Often you can avoid hours of traffic with a better route. And you won’t spend precious minutes driving around if you get lost.
• Avoid idling. Take a few minutes to warm up your truck and then get going. Minutes idling will add up to lots of fuel cents burned.
• The amount of air under your truck can decrease fuel mileage. There are special designed pieces you can place under your truck as well as on the roof of it in order to cut the amount of resistance you are driving against.
• Consider buying a lighter truck. If you haven’t purchased your truck yet, always consider a semi that isn’t loaded down with extra parts and accessories. Every extra pound will impact your fuel economy.
Obviously, any way you can lighten the load or the stress on your truck can result in less fuel usage. What special steps do you take to reduce your fuel consumption? Have you heard of any new ways to save fuel costs you can share?