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2018 Fuel Saving Tips for Commercial Truck Drivers

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Truck driving is a competitive business. When you are piloting a 30,000-kg vehicle through villages, cities, and rural roads, saving fuel can make all the differences in the world in making the route profitable or not. If you are a driver with the ability to drive economically and safely, you are an asset to the company. This guide can help.

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2018 Fuel Saving Tips for Commercial Truck Drivers

  1. 1. 2018 Fuel Saving Tips for Commercial Truck Drivers
  2. 2. Truck driving is a competitive business. When you are driving an 80,000pound vehicle through cities and rural roads, saving fuel can make all the differences in the world in making the route profitable or not. If you are a driver with the ability to drive economically and safely, you are an asset to the company. This guide can help. Introduction
  3. 3. Cold engines burn more fuel. Try to keep the revs low, keeping them in the economical power band. Since more fuel is used at low maneuvering speed, position your truck for an easy morning exit. Line it up in such a way so you can simply drive straight out of the yard or wherever you’ve parked. Let your engine warm up
  4. 4. Make sure that the fuel you use has the right level of octane as recommended for your truck. This can help in significantly improving your fuel economy. Most trucks usually 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. Know your fuel
  5. 5. Most of the trucks have a speed limiter in them. The faster you go, the more fuel you use. Sticking to speed limit is safer and more fuel efficient. Stay within the speed limit
  6. 6. Optimal tire inflation Keep your tires at an optimum pressure to reduce the rolling resistance and extend their life. If your tires are under-inflated, it will take the engine more effort to turn them. Even a 10% fall in tire pressure increases your fuel consumption by more than 1%.
  7. 7. Drive responsibly Some fuel economy tips are related to the way you drive your truck. Driving within the posted speed limits, using cruise control wherever possible avoiding unnecessary idling, and preventing sudden stops and starts can all help to improve your fuel economy.
  8. 8. Unnecessary weight Are you carrying weights that you don’t need to carry? There’s a rule of thumb that you must know that for every 5000kg of load, your fuel economy reduces by more than 5%.
  9. 9. Designed and Compiled by: Houston Office Baumgartner Law Firm 6711 Cypress Creek Parkway Houston, TX 77069 P (281) 893-0760 TF (866) 758-4529 www.texas-truckaccidentlawyer.com
  10. 10. Designed and Compiled by: Houston Office Baumgartner Law Firm 6711 Cypress Creek Parkway Houston, TX 77069 P (281) 893-0760 TF (866) 758-4529 www.texas-truckaccidentlawyer.com

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