Tips for Saving Fuel in Medium Duty Trucks
Are you a truck owner worried about your rising fuel costs? As Gasoline prices are skyrocketing every day, truck owners should learn how to save on fuel. Medium duty truck owners can benefit a lot when they go for fuel efficient options in driving their trucks. If you wonder how you can save on fuel, here are a few tips for truck fleet managers who want to save on their fuel expenses. These tips are applicable to medium duty as well as heavy duty trucks.
Adjust Top Speed and Choose Right Gear
Adjusting your vehicle speed is one of the simplest ways to save fuel. The fuel economy reduces as your speed increases. Actually fuel starts burning at a high speed and it is very important that you limit your optimal speed to around 60 mpg on highways. It is very difficult to control the driver’s rash driving habit, so, some companies are using a small device for their new truck models which could be plugged in OBD port of truck to control the speed of truck. Many new truck models also are equipped with cruise control options. You can also adjust the throttle stop bolt resting on the gas pedal to limit your top speed.
You also need to choose the right gear in order to save on fuel. Driving in a lower gear at a very high speed or in a higher gear at low a speed can increase your fuel consumption. It is therefore necessary to shift up as “early” as possible without causing strain on the engine.
Minimize Idling of Truck
When your truck is idling, and running an engine at zero mpg, you are burning fuel at the lowest rate of return. So, switch the truck engine off , if your truck is going to be stationary for a long period of time.