Trucking across the country uses a lot of diesel. It’s simply part of the job. However, there are steps every trucker can take to improve fuel efficiency and lower operating costs when on the road. Choose to do even one or two of these, and you should see a nice return at the pump.
Watch Your Speed
Of course, going faster means burning more fuel, but changes in speed do the same. Every time you accelerate or brake, you are consuming fuel at a faster rate. Use cruise control and you can save up to 6% on your diesel consumption. Also, keep your engine RPM in check by finding the sweet spot where it runs best. This is typically between 1250 and 1350 RPM for most rigs.
Maintain Your Engine
A well-running engine is an efficient engine. Use a high-flow exhaust system and a high-flow air filter. Make sure you’re changing spark plugs at 60,000 miles. Also, check your fuel line. If your line has been pulling in air, this will hurt overall engine performance. Consider installing diesel fuel inline sight glass which will give you a faster way to check your line and make sure it’s flowing properly.
Upgrade Your Suspension
Truckers tend to overload their trailers. This puts extra pressure on tires, causing them to wear out faster and have more friction on the road. All of this makes the truck engine work that much harder and therefore burns more fuel. To avoid this, install auxiliary metal springs or air springs. It’s an affordable adjustment and allows you to load up a little more if necessary.
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