Short-Term Fixes: How to Increase Truck Fuel EconomyFuel economy continues to be among top concerns for trucking companies, which is why many fleet owners and operators are focused on increasing fuel efficiency and minimizing fuel consumption. Fuel prices will forever fluctuate, and proper equipment upgrades can take a while to implement. Here are four ways fleet managers can work to improve fuel economy today:
Truck drivers spend more than half their time operating vehicles at highway speeds. A long-haul truck with 90 percent highway operation that reduces its top speed from 70 to 65 mph could save $1,450 or more in fuel, according to the EPA. Here are five additional tips for drivers to keep in mind to maximize fuel economy:
Lower your average highway speed.
Every mph over 55 equals a 0.1- mpg drop in fuel economy.
Avoid revving the engine between shifts.
Ease into each new gear and don’t rush to climb through them.
Run in your engine’s sweet spot.
Once cruising speed is reached, operating in the peak torque zone provides optimum horsepower so the engine runs most efficiently. It takes approximately 200 hp to maintain 65 mph.
Anticipate traffic lights.
If you can approach slowly and avoid a complete stop, it saves fuel and reduces equipment wear.
Don’t punch the throttle.
Gradually put your foot into it. Pretend there is an egg between the pedal and the floor. Accelerate smooth and steadily to avoid fuel burn spikes.
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