You know the old saying that a little bit goes a long way? Well that couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to your fuel economy. By making some simple changes and slight adjustments to how you run your truck, you can save thousands of dollars every year. Not sure how that’s possible? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Here are our favorite ways you can improve your fuel economy:
- Use cruise control. You’ll save valuable fuel when you’re not accelerating and decelerating frequency.
- Watch your speed. You may think that faster equals better, but that’s not the case when it comes of your fuel. Driving faster not only causes you to burn through your fuel more quickly, but at a rate that costs your more in the long run.
- Install after-market products designed for aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. The trucking industry, as a whole, has embraced the importance of improving fuel economy. There are several products on the market to help you do this, such as trailer skirts, aerodynamic mud flaps and deep angled bumpers.
- Compare pricing before filling up. You can easily compare fuel prices right within your Trucker Path app.
- Maximize your time when you stop. Every time you stop to use the restroom, fill up or grab some food it costs you unnecessary drive time, acceleration and deceleration. Doing all these things at the same stop will save you valuable time and money.
- Minimize your idling time. Leaving your truck running for extended periods of time when it’s not necessary wastes fuel.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Every 1 psi drop in air pressure will reduce your gas mileage by 0.2-0.4 percent. This adds up quickly.
- Inspect your truck regularly. Conducting thorough pre-trip inspections will help you catch fuel leaks, issues with your engine fan, tire misalignment and other problems – all of which can reduce your fuel efficiency.
Have you made any of these changes recently and seen a difference in your fuel efficiency? We’d love to hear what you’ve done and how it has helped!