Fuel makes up a major operating cost of any freight and trucking business. To reduce this cost, we offer a number of truck driver fuel saving tips.
While fuel prices are currently at lower levels, higher prices are expected. The cost of fuel can make up between 25 and 40 percent of operating costs. Any reduction in fuel cost could go a long way toward reducing the cost of transporting freight.
Take It Slow At The Pump
Don’t overfill your fuel tank. Filling the tank to the brim can cause overflows if the fuel inside gets heated by the environment or by the truck itself. By the same token, do not allow your tank to run near empty before refueling.
Keep Your Rig Running Right
Frequent and regular maintenance will help improve fuel economy. Check tire pressure often. In addition to saving fuel, proper tire pressure helps tires last longer and is easier on the road.
Easy On The Gas Pedal
Keep it between 63 and 65 miles per hour. Watching your speed is the easiest way to cut fuel costs. Using the cruise control feature on your truck, if available, is the best way to keep a steady speed.
No Idle Time
Truck drivers often leave their rigs idling when running errands or to keep the temperature in their cabs cool or warm. But idling burns through a gallon of diesel each hour. Turn off your truck if you’ll be away for more than five minutes. Reducing idling time can save hundreds and even thousands of dollars in fuel per year.
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