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How to Save on Fuel With Your Heavy Truck

July 4, 2015
By Jeffery White

No one likes to see the prices at the pump creep up, and that goes double for truck drivers and fleet companies who are relying on driving as a source of income. Still, the cost keeps creeping higher. Fortunately, heavy truckers can use some simple tips to help them save more on fuel, and thus reducing the overall cost of operating the business. Consider the amount of money that you are spending on fuel. For some fleets, it is about 25% of the overall operating costs. When you are able to improve fuel efficiency, even by a couple of percent, it can lead to some substantial savings.

One tip to consider is the time of day that you put fuel into the truck. It’s a good idea to fill up early in the morning, and to fill up with a lower and slower setting. This reduces the amount of vapors that end up in the tank so that you get more actual fuel. Also, do not wait until the tank is on empty to fill up. Try to keep the tank as full as possible whenever you can, as this actually helps to provide better mileage.

Responsible driving is also important. Some drivers believe that driving faster will help them to save on fuel, but that is not the case. In fact, driving too fast can actually cause you to burn more fuel. Keep to the speed limits to increase fuel efficiency and to increase safety.

Proper maintenance of the vehicle and the engine is also important. An engine that is running at its optimal performance will burn and waste less fuel than an engine that’s in need of some help. Keep your truck properly maintained and you should see some fuel savings. Work with a company of professionals who have plenty of experience dealing with engines like the ones in your vehicle. Even those who might be handy mechanics should have the professionals look at the vehicle when it comes to scheduled maintenance.

By following these simple tips, you can help to increase your fuel efficiency and cut down on the amount of money you are spending on fuel each year. Adopt these strategies and see if drivers in your fleet have some tips of their own.

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