It’s no surprise that the largest cost to operate for drivers and fleets is fuel. Rising fuel prices and increased traffic on the roadways are constantly putting strain on operating budgets. There are a couple things that you can do to help increase your miles per gallon and at the same time, lower your operating cost.
Maintaining Your Truck
This is probably the most obvious area for drivers and fleet owners but includes aspects of the equipment that you may be overlooking. Start with what meets the ground, the tires. Checking your tires’ air pressure when you fuel up will allow you to set them to their recommended level. Tires that are properly inflated, compared to those that are underinflated, not only provide more traction but also have less rolling resistance. That means your engine won’t have to work as hard to get them in motion and, in turn, uses less fuel. Second, an alignment goes a long way. When axles are out of line, the tires are essentially dragging along as they are not moving in the exact same direction as the truck, hence out of alignment. This creates rolling resistance that increases fuel consumption and drastically decreases tire life. It’s always a good idea to have your truck serviced at specific intervals and our team of certified specialists is up to the task!
Truck maintenance includes more than just the engine and drive train. What is the biggest resistance any moving vehicle faces while in motion? Air resistance is one of the largest forces that impacts fuel efficiency. If your truck’s body is in rough shape, this will disturb the way air was designed to flow over and around the cab which was factored into the truck’s initial fuel consumption rating. Our body shop can get your truck back to its original look, maximizing its aerodynamic potential and minimizing your fuel costs.