Semi-trucks reportedly make up a quarter of all fuel burned per year. This despite a mere 4.3% of them plying US roads. In terms of fuel efficiency, semi-trucks – on average – receive 6.5 miles each gallon. Essentially, these vehicles are not known for being fuel-efficient.
Regardless of whether you operate a fleet or own and operate vehicles, high fuel costs lead to low profits. Fortunately, all it takes is minimal effort and little initial investment to drastically decrease fuel consumption. How?
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Perform regular truck maintenance
Doing regular maintenance on your vehicles helps maximize its fuel efficiency. Plus, the benefits your vehicle reaps goes beyond gas mileage. Regularly performing scheduled oil changes, fluid level inspections, and filter changes keep your vehicle running for a lengthy period of time.
Do not forget to assess your tire pressure periodically and check if you need to add air. Doing so aids in prolonging the tires’ longevity. It also contributes to fuel efficiency.
Focus on efficient driving
One of the causes of high fuel consumption is repeated accelerating and braking. As much as possible, braking needs to be minimized to a full stop. Also, acceleration needs to be done in a relatively slow manner. In order to save more fuel, staying in high gear is recommended.
Be aware that allowing your truck to stay idle for a long time period expends more fuel than necessary. It is recommended that you turn off your truck if you intend to let it sit idly for five minutes or more. Be aware that an hour of idle time is equivalent to burning a gallon of gas.
Use products that promote fuel efficiency
Using fuel-efficient products would initially require a substantial investment. But the long-term results speaks for itself. Adding aerodynamic features to the tractor and trailer leads to higher MPGs. Consequently, the bumpers, mudflaps, roof, hood, mirrors, and headlights transform to be more aerodynamic.
Shifting to automated manual transmissions is also an option. Essentially, a computer will replace the vehicle’s manual shifter and clutch at the most optimal time. According to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, a vehicle with an automatic manual transmission can increase its average fuel efficiency to as much as 1%-3% percent.
Keep cargo evenly balanced and low
How a truck is loaded dictates how aerodynamic a cargo will be. Once the cargo is unevenly loaded, the fuel required to operate the truck would increase. It is also recommended to keep the height of the cargo load low by placing cargo on flatbeds to decrease wind resistance.
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