Top tips for preserving fuel economy in a truck
Getting the best fuel economy out of your truck will save you a lot of money at the pumps, and keep your truck on the road for longer, as well as creating less air pollution. Here are our top tips for preserving fuel economy in your HGV.
1. Maintain your truck regularly
You can improve the fuel economy of your truck by performing a few basic maintenance checks:
- Check your tyre pressures at least once a week, making sure they are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations – under-inflated tyres cause drag, which reduces your fuel economy. You should also choose the right tyre treads for the loads you’re carrying, and check that your wheels are aligned correctly to optimise performance.
- Change your oil regularly using high-quality synthetic oil – and remember to replace your air filter if it’s old and clogged with dirt. This could lower your fuel costs by as much as 10 percent.
- Check your spark plugs for discolouration – this is a sign that the engine is burning too much fuel.
- Wash your truck regularly! A build-up of dust and dirt can cause mechanical and electronic parts to under-perform or even fail completely.
2. Don’t carry any unnecessary weight
The lighter your load, the better your fuel economy. Obviously you’ll need to carry some personal items as well as the goods you’re transporting, but keep these to a minimum if you want to reduce your fuel costs. In addition, the correct positioning of your load will improve aerodynamics and reduce fuel consumption. The bulk of the weight should be carried as close to the cab as possible.
3. Drive more economically
If you’re constantly accelerating and braking, you’re wasting fuel. Try to start and stop more gradually, and keep your speed as low as is sensible. Cruise control will enable you to keep a constant speed on the motorway, reducing your fuel usage. It’s also a good idea to turn off the engine when possible, such as if you’re stuck in traffic, rather than keeping it idling.
4. Turn off the air conditioning
Of course there will be times when the air-con is essential to keep you cool enough for comfort. But air conditioning uses a surprising amount of fuel, so you can improve your truck’s economy where possible by leaving it off and using the air vents instead. You can also help to lower the temperature in the cabin by parking in the shade on sunny days, and leaving the windows open slightly whenever you’re parked up, as long as it’s safe to do so.
Reducing your fuel consumption offers a variety of benefits – take advantage of these tips to make your life on the road cheaper and easier, and keep your truck in the best possible working order.