If there's one thing that can put a frown on your face faster than a load to California, it's fuel costs. But the good news is we've created a list of 10 fuel-saving tips that will have you driving with a fuller wallet in your back pocket. Check them out below!
Maintain Regular Vehicle Maintenance
Ensure your truck is well-maintained with regular check-ups for the engine, tires, and brakes. A well-tuned truck performs more efficiently and consumes less fuel.
Proper Tire Maintenance
Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned. Underinflated or misaligned tires can increase fuel consumption. Also, when inspecting your truck and equipment, keep an eye on treadwear and tread depth. You don't want to be stuck idling on the side of the road or held up at a roadside inspection because of tire issues.
Avoid aggressive driving behaviors like rapid acceleration, hard braking, and excessive speeding. Smooth driving can significantly improve fuel efficiency. It can also help keep your insurance costs down.
Use Cruise Control
When driving on long, flat stretches of highway, use cruise control to maintain a consistent speed and reduce fuel consumption.
Limit Idle Time
Minimize idling whenever possible, as idling consumes fuel without moving the vehicle. Use truck stop electrification or engine shut-off when waiting for extended periods.
Plan Efficient Routes
Utilize GPS or route planning software to find the most fuel-efficient routes, avoiding congested areas and unnecessary detours.
Avoid Rush Hour Traffic
If possible, schedule deliveries outside peak traffic hours to reduce time spent idling in traffic jams.
Reduce Wind Resistance
Keep the truck's aerodynamics in mind by closing windows, using side skirts, and adding a truck cab roof deflector to reduce wind resistance.
Use Fuel Cards and Rewards Programs
Consider using fuel cards that offer discounts or rewards on fuel purchases to save money over time. A list of popular fuel card programs can be found here.
Monitor Fuel Consumption
Track fuel consumption regularly and identify areas for improvement. Modern trucks often have onboard telematics systems that can provide valuable data for optimizing fuel efficiency.
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