Fuel prices have been steadily increasing making it harder for all carriers to be profitable. This includes drivers working in the Eagle Ford Shale. The national average of diesel is well over $4.00. This affects trucking companies and consumers more than many people might realize. With over 75 percent of all United States communities relying solely on trucks to bring their commodities, the prices of groceries and necessities increase every time the price of diesel goes up because the cost of transporting cargo gets passed on to the consumer.
There’s no magic wand to wave and decrease the cost of fuel. However, there are quite a few things that drivers can do to get the most out of their fuel consumption. Economy driving tips will help you keep a few more dollars in your pocket.
Economy Driving Techniques
Progressive shifting is a very effective way to reduce fuel consumption. Today’s engines are much stronger and efficient. They are designed to use fewer rpm to get up to the ideal speed. Developing a habit of using progressive shifting will save you a lot of money.
Trip planning can also save you money on fuel consumption. Try to avoid highly congested areas during peak traffic times so you don’t waste fuel going nowhere in traffic jams. Plan your trip around rush hour traffic when possible.
Upgrade to a later model vehicle if you can. Newer engines are designed to use less fuel and require a lower rpm to get to efficient operating speeds.
Idling uses a lot of fuel. Try and develop a good habit of shutting your engine down when possible. Many states have very strict laws about idling but even if it’s not required by law, this simple habit could save you big.
The weight distribution of your load can also be causing you to use more fuel than needed. Inspect your load carefully to make sure it is evenly distributed.
Make sure your vehicle is in tip top shape. Vehicle maintenance is crucial to your daily operation and can save you money in fuel consumption as well as major repairs. Make sure you are inspecting your vehicle thoroughly to avoid any hazards on the road. Improper tire inflation can cause you to get terrible fuel mileage. Always have a tire gauge handy and inspect every time you do your pre-and post-trip inspections.
Every Little Bit Counts
No single economy driving tip will have a major impact. However, try utilizing several of them. You should be able to notice the difference in your fuel consumption.
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