Commercial road users will have to look at new ways to cut costs due to a hefty fuel price hike at the start of 2017.
At a time when fuel prices are skyrocketing and there is a persistent shortage of fuel across the world, it becomes imperative that everyone do their bit in reducing the use of fuel.
Making the most of the fuel you put in your truck is one way of ensuring that you achieve the best possible fuel economy. Being economical about fuel will help save money, reduce oil dependence costs, reduce climate changes, and increase energy sustainability. Globaltrack has come up with valuable fuel economy tips for drivers. These fuels saving tips will show you how to improve your consumption while increasing your savings and minimizing damage to the environment.
At the Fuel Station
It is always best to fill up your truck with fuel early in the morning. While pumping fuel, be sure to do so at a low setting to minimize the vapours. At high speeds, there will be more vapours and you will be filling your tank with lesser fuel as a result. Never wait till the tank is fully empty before you stop for fuel. The fuller the fuel tank is, the better will be the fuel mileage.
Filling up at fuel stations can be a problem, as a lot of the time their fuel tanks are not calibrated properly to match the exact amount of input displayed. This can play havoc with your logbook. Also, remember not to fill up your fuel tank soon after the ground tanks at the station have been replenished. The process causes dirt at the bottom of the tanks to rise to the surface and this can cut down fuel efficiency significantly.
Know Your Truck
Ensure that the fuel you use has the right octane level recommended for your truck to help improve fuel economy. Most trucks use regular octane fuel and higher octane fuel is not required unless the engine is knocking. Tuning the engine regularly and changing the oil frequently can help you get better mileage. The tires must also be checked to ensure that they are adequately inflated and appropriately aligned. This has been found to help increase fuel mileage by about 3 percent.
Some fuel economy tips are related to how and where you drive your truck. Driving within the posted speed limits, avoiding unnecessary idling, using cruise control wherever possible and preventing sudden stops and starts can all help you improve fuel economy. It is also fuel-efficient to switch off the air conditioner once in a while and to let in the breeze especially when travelling outside the city. Try and avoid rush hour traffic by leaving early, a lot of fuel is wasted when drivers wait in traffic.
Efficient Truck Use
By combining two or more jobs, you don’t just get your work done faster, you will also cut down on the fuel used. Switching off the truck’s engine while travelling downhill is also one of the fuel saving tips you can choose to remember, although many areas have laws against coasting so check with your local laws before trying this tip.
Fuel Efficiency for Truck Drivers
Fuel makes up about 25 percent of the operating cost of a fleet and thus, saving even 2 or 3 percent in fuel costs of one truck can make a significant difference. As with other types of trucks, the condition of the truck, the type of traffic encountered, and the weather will all be crucial in determining the amount of fuel being consumed. The truck must be frequently checked and regular maintenance carried out to help improve fuel economy. Controlling engine speed is also one of the fuel economy tips suggested to commercial drivers.
Globaltrack suggests that besides good driving and maintaining your vehicle, the best way you can cut costs in these tough financial times is by monitoring exactly where your fuel is going.
By actively monitoring your driver’s behaviour and vehicle’s statistics, you will be able to see where you can cut costs.
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