Improved driving habits may save on Fuel.
See 10 Tips below to see if your habits help or hurt your fuel consumption.
1. No Idling.
If your rig remains parked for a short period of time, take the opportunity to turn off your engine. Reduce the time you spend at idle.
2. Watch your speed.
Aerodynamic drag is increased with speed, causing your engine to consume more fuel. A 7mph reduction in speed could decrease fuel consumption by up to 20%.
3. Improve your Clutch Skills.
The faster you shift into gear, the more fuel you save. You will see an increase in performance with improved clutch control and fewer gear changes.
4. Smooth Acceleration.
Combine gentle shifts of lower gears with rapid shifts in high gears to reach smooth acceleration.
5. Warm It Up.
For temperatures below freezing (0 degrees C or less than 32degrees F), turn on your engine and let it warm up for 3-5 minutes.
6. Braking too much?
Choppy driving from hitting the brakes to often can lead to the over consumption of fuel. Anticipate road conditions and don’t tailgate.
7. When to use A/C if no APU.
Keep the air conditioning on when driving high speeds, but roll window down and turn off for low speeds. Fuel consumption can be reduced this way by up to 10%.
8. Keep Tire Pressure in Check.
Low tire pressure increases drag and in return wastes fuel. Keep your tires pumped up to fill the reccomended PSI.
9. Load Adjustment
Arrange the load as low as possible and as close to the cab as possible. This will minimize drag.
10. Maintain DOT
Conducting a thorough pretrip inspection is your best defense against potential setbacks. Maintaining a steady inspection routine will ensure your rig is giving you its top performance for fuel efficiency.