Fuel is the single largest cost involved in the trucking industry. As the price of fuel continues to rise, along with demand for consumer goods, changes in vehicle technology and driving technique allow drivers to improve their fuel efficiency. Keep reading to discover how you can improve your truck’s fuel efficiency to enjoy fewer stops and lower costs while on the road.
Use Cruise Control
The cruise control function maintains speed much more effectively than a human touch, reducing engine fluctuations that can cost you fuel. During long stretches of road where intensive steering, braking, or accelerating is not needed, use the cruise control on your truck to minimize the engine’s RPM and increase your fuel economy.
Whenever possible, turn your truck’s engine off instead of letting it idle. Idling causes unnecessary engine wear and uses fuel even while you are not moving. Every hour your engine spends idling consumes a gallon of gas—while this may not seem like much, it can add up to more than $7,000 in gas costs over the course of a year.
Use Progressive Shifting
Progressive shifting is a technique that avoids bringing the engine up to peak RPM in each gear before shifting. Thus, progressive shifting minimizes RPM in each gear, which will reduce your overall fuel consumption. Practice progressive shifting whenever possible to perfect this technique and save the maximum amount of fuel during gear changes.
Maintaining good fuel efficiency is the sign of a good driver—those with the most efficient driving methods have the right to brag about it! If you are interested in working for a top-quality trucking company dedicated to promoting employee innovation and efficiency, call DSW Drivers of Tucson today at 1 (888) 266-7534. We also invite you to visit our website to learn more about the benefits of driving for us in Arizona.