Everyone wants to see better fuel economy from their rig. Any way that you can fine-tune its operation will save you time and money. Here are three ways that can pay off over the long haul.
Add Aftermarket Equipment
There is a whole market specifically designed to make trucks more fuel efficient. You can improve your fuel economy by adding features like a new enhanced fuel pump designed for your specific configuration. Choosing a higher quality air filter can significantly affect your mpg. When you go to the pump, consider adding in a fuel additive. They are designed to do just what you are looking for – make your system run more efficiently, and therefore, use less diesel.
Create an Aerodynamic Vehicle
Just like a sailboat can cut through the water using the wind, you can cut through the miles by working with the wind. Your tractor trailer is not aerodynamic. More than 50% of an 18-wheeler’s fuel goes to reducing air drag. The front, rear, underbody and gap between the tractor and trailer are the worst areas of air resistance. There are add-ons and devices that can decrease wind-resistance for each of those areas.
Change Your Habits
Finally, look for things that you can do better. For example, the Wazeapp can be an excellent tool for long-haul drivers. It is a traffic routing app like Google Maps, but Waze lets its users enter information into the app for everyone to see. So, you will know traffic information, gas prices, accidents and more. You can also choose to have Waze alert you if you go over or under the speed limit. Another option is to drive within the lower RPMs. Diesel trucks are designed so your best MPG will come at the lowest RPM level of the highest gear. It might not be as fast, but it means better miles per gallon for you.
These tips can help you to improve the fuel economy of your tractor-trailer. There are lots of new devices and ideas to boost your mileage and shrink your credit card bill!