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Top Ways to Improve Heavy Truck Fuel Economy

Top Ways to Improve Heavy Truck Fuel Economy

Improving your heavy truck's fuel economy is one of the easiest and most effective methods to lower costs and increase profits. More KPG means a reduced carbon footprint, as well. At Western Truck and Trailer, we're dedicated to helping our customers succeed, as well as keeping the environment safe. This short guide highlights five methods you can employ to improve your heavy truck's fuel economy, lower your fuel bills, and do your part for a cleaner future.
 

Method Number One - Slow Down and Save

 
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Slowing down on the highway by just fifteen percent can save as much as twenty-five percent in fuel costs. Due to weight, aerodynamics, and rolling resistance, driving at higher speeds will cause your truck to disproportionately burn more fuel than driving the speed limit. Considering that your heavy truck probably spends most of its time on the highway, slowing down just a little can lead to significant savings.
 

Method Number Two - Reduce the Weight

 
Because heavy trucks require more fuel to accelerate and go uphill, your rig's consumption directly correlates to its weight. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to lower your truck's weight and improve fuel economy. Lightweight components can drastically reduce the overall weight of both the truck and the trailer. Consider replacing steel or other heavy metal components like wheels, upright posts, and roof posts with aluminum or aluminum alloys, when possible. Also, only fill up your tank when necessary. While it's always a good feeling to have a full tank of gas, at .85 Kg per litre of diesel, an 1135 litre tank weighs in at a hefty 965-Kg.
 

Method Number Three - Reduce Resistance

 
In a big rig, tire inflation plays an essential role in getting optimal fuel economy. One simple way to reduce rolling resistance is to maintain proper tire pressure. Soft tires will flex, produce more heat, and increase resistance. Also, if possible, equip your truck with single wide-base tires instead of two standard tires. Along with shedding weight, using single tires will reduce rolling resistance and fuel consumption.
 

Method Number Four - Improve Aerodynamics

 
Improving aerodynamics can reduce drag by up to twenty-five percent and increase fuel economy by as much as fifteen percent. If you are in the market for a new truck, look for a model that features an aerodynamically designed tractor. Accessories like gap seals, roof fairings, side fairings, and side skirts offer an easy way to improve airflow on your current heavy truck, as well. Also, arranging cargo to have a low profile can dramatically reduce drag, and fuel bills, too.
 

 Method Number Five - Stop in at Western Truck and Trailer

 
Stop in today at Western Truck and Trailer to learn how we can help save you money on your heavy truck fuel bill. Along with a large selection of new and used trucks, we also carry a wide range of fuel-saving parts and accessories. We're the number one dealer for trailers and trucks in Edmonton, and Canada, as well.
 
 

 

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