At home, at work and over the road, more people are looking how they can “Go Green” in their everyday lives. For truck drivers of all size vehicles and all types of roads, this is especially important in light of current high operation costs. You want to know how you can help the environment and your pocket despite the high cost of fuel. For you as a truck driver, owner/operator or fleet manager, the same tried-and-true fuel saving best practices still work and include:
1. Keep your engine properly tuned
Fixing a vehicle that is noticeably out of tune can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent, though results vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done. Performing engine tune-ups and fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent.
2. Check and replace air filters regularly
Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your fuel mileage by as much as 10 percent. Your vehicle’s air filter keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your engine. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter save gas, it will protect your engine.
3. Keep tires properly inflated
You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.
4. Use the recommended grade of motor oil
You can improve your fuel mileage by 1-2 percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil and proper oil filter. Also, look for motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives.