Fuel economy is one of the top priorities in truck driving jobs, if not at the top of the list. The more you fill up the less time you’re driving, which means the longer it takes you to get your miles in, and time is money. Ultimately, any way you can improve fuel economy delivers more money back in your pocket. Here are a few tips.
Driving the flat face of a rig through the air is like a diver doing a belly flop. Put an air deflector on the roof with an air dam front bumper and side skirts and you will slide through the air like an Olympic champion diver who slides into the water without making a splash. That’s why boats, planes, fast cars and bullets don’t have blunt front ends. A little aerodynamics goes a long way toward reducing the amount of energy it takes to move through the air, and it applies to truck driving as much as jet flying.
2. Lose the weight
It’s not truck drivers who need to shed the pounds here; it’s your rig. When you are truck driving with a little bling it feels good. Chrome accessories and extra lights might let everyone know you’ve arrived, but extra weight means fewer miles per gallon. Extra tricks for your truck take money from your pocket at the pump. If you want to spend money on your truck, spend it on ways to make money, not cost you more money.
3. Check your tire pressure
Check the air pressure in your tires at least once a week. Underinflated tires create more friction with the road. You need some friction, but too much friction from underinflated tires means it will require more energy to move your truck. That uses more fuel and costs money.
4. Get a fuel economy gauge
If you want to spend money on truck accessories, this is a good way to do it. By monitoring fuel usage, you can develop truck driving habits that could save you money in the long run. Rapid acceleration and frequent shifting reduce fuel mileage; learning to drive efficiently will make you a better driver.
5. Track your route
Finding the shortest and quickest route to your destination, and reducing off-route miles, makes some form of GPS a must-have accessory. If it tracks delays from traffic or construction and can suggest alternative routes to avoid them, even better. You don’t get paid for sitting idle, but you’re still burning fuel. Just make sure the device or app you use is geared toward truck driving and doesn’t direct you to routes your truck can’t traverse.
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