It goes without saying that fuel is expensive, especially if you’re hauling a trailer with a heavy load. Truck driving burns a lot of fuel, which is why it’s important for drivers to prioritize ways to improve their MPG (mile per gallon).
In this post, we share 5 helpful tricks to save gas and in turn, save money.
When you’re in a time crunch while making a delivery, it can be easy to put the pedal to the metal, but speeding is one of the most common ways to burn excess fuel.
To increase your MPG, stick to the speed limit and strive to maintain a consistent speed. This may be easier said than done since it’s natural to speed up and down, but if possible utilizing cruise control allows drivers to check their speed with ease.
The mechanical components of a truck balance each other out to ensure peak performance and safety over the road, and the same goes for MPG. Poor tire pressure, brakes, or transmission issues can all negatively affect fuel efficiency.
The best course of action to increase MPG is to inspect your tires and brakes before every trip. Implement a consistent schedule to have your truck fully inspected by a professional, focusing on wheel alignment and tire rotation.
Say you pull off on the side of the highway to make a phone call, and leave your truck idle. You’re getting 0 miles to the gallon, which is definitely wasting fuel for nothing!
Instead of idling, you can save gas by simply shutting off your truck’s engine. You can argue that restarting the engine burns fuel, but this only equates to about 30 seconds of gas burned by idling, which is a lot less if you’re on the phone for five minutes or longer.
However, note that when the truck is off, so are essential safety features, such as airbags. Therefore, only turn off the engine if you’re in a safe position to do so.
Using the air conditioner puts a heavy strain on the truck’s engine, as it needs to burn more fuel to keep the cold air pumping.
To save fuel, only use the air conditioner when absolutely necessary and when you do, set it at around 72-degrees. Prioritize venting methods, such as keeping the windows cracked to facilitate air circulation.
This is a simple trick to keep in mind when it’s time to fill up your truck. The cooler the outdoor temperature, the denser the fuel. Since you pay for fuel based on volume, you can actually save money by filling up first thing in the morning when the air is cooler and gas is dense.
If the weather is hot, remember not to fill up your tank completely, because heat causes gas to expand and overflow.