Money-Saving Fuel Tips

Just about every aspect of your truck has an affect on your fuel economy. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to save money at the pump. Although the percentages may seem small, the savings can be quite large in the long run.

Tyre Choices And Maintenance

Your tyres play an important role in the overall fuel economy of your truck. Newer fuel-efficient tyres help reduce rolling resistance, especially in the trail positions. Since research shows that the tread contributes to over half a tyre’s rolling resistance, fuel efficiency gains can be obtained from the tread depth, design and compound. Plus, as your tyres wear, fuel economy slightly increases. But one of the easiest factors you can do to save money is to make sure your tyres are properly inflated. That’s because fuel economy falls off sharply the more your tyres are underinflated.

Money-Saving Tips:

  • Check your tyres frequently for proper tyre inflation. Many companies offer tyre inflation systems that maintain proper tyre pressure while driving. These systems tend to pay for themselves within 6-12 months.
  • Check your wheel alignment. You can improve your fuel economy by reducing tyre “scrub” from improperly aligned wheels.
  • Use low-profile tyres and aluminium wheels to reduce weight.
Driving Style

Aggressive driving habits have a tremendous influence on your fuel economy and can rapidly negate any investments in fuel-efficient tyres, engines and streamlined aerodynamic devices. In fact, by modifying your driving style, you can significantly increase your fuel economy.

Money-Saving Tips:

  • Use a fuel-economy display to monitor fuel consumption and correct excessive usage.
  • Reduce your speed. On average, every one mph increase over 50 mph reduces your fuel mileage by .1 miles per gallon.
  • While accelerating, short-shift to keep your engine below 1,200 rpms. While decelerating, lug your engine to 1,150 rpms before downshifting.
  • Keep idle time to a minimum. In general, five minutes of warm-up time is adequate and the time spent parking provides plenty of cool-down time.
Route Management

Travelling to new destinations can often lead to extra time spent on unfamiliar roads. It is estimated that out-of-route miles account for 3-10% of a driver’s total mileage each year. And that can add up to thousands of dollars needlessly spent on fuel.

Money-Saving Tips:

  • Invest in navigation equipment to ensure the most efficient route.
  • Verify the address and inquire about new road construction or delays.
Aerodynamics

The aerodynamics of your truck can impact your fuel economy in a tremendous way. In fact, aerodynamic drag at 65 mph accounts for approximately two-thirds of your energy consumption. And between 55 and 75 mph, every 5 mph increase reduces your fuel economy significantly.

Money-Saving Tips:

  • Remove accessory components from the air stream to reduce drag.
  • Improve your fuel economy by using a full roof fairing.
  • Position your trailer as close to the cab as possible. By reducing the trailer gap by 10", you can increase your fuel economy.
Weight Reduction

Every pound counts. That’s why it’s so important to eliminate unnecessary weight wherever possible. The more weight you’re pulling, the more money you’re spending on fuel.

Money-Saving Tips:

  • Choose lightweight aluminium wheels and low-profile tyres.
  • Remove any unpaid load from your vehicle.
Proper Lubricants

Synthetic-based lubricants are specially engineered to provide superior high-temperature stability and low-temperature fluidity. Ideally suited for drive train components, synthetic-based lubricants offer significant benefits in fuel savings and can last longer than mineral-based lubricants.

Money-Saving Tips:

  • Use synthetic-based lubricants in drive train components to help fuel economy.
  • Use the manufacturer’s specified weight of lubricant for all vehicle components. Consult your owner’s manual for complete lubricant information.