Trucking Fuel Saving Tips
Trucking fuel prices may not be the eye-popping prices they once were in previous years but fleet owners and owner-operators are always looking for the best ways to save when it comes to the fuel tank. Here are a few tips based on your contributions (and science) to put more money to your bottom line and less at the pump.
Maintain a Consistent Speed – Speeding increases aerodynamic drag and will end up using more fuel. Use cruise control when appropriate and avoid accelerations (as long as that minivan doesn’t speed past you only to jump in front to do five mph under the limit).
Load Cargo Correctly – The higher the load height, the more drag consuming more energy. If you load it like Beverly Hillbillies, granny will fall off the top anyway.
Avoid Idling – Plan a route to avoid traffic congestion and idling. This will also reduce your blood pressure from wanting to monster-truck your way through all the hatchbacks in front of you that don’t seem to know how to drive.
Fuel Discounts – Find a good plan that will reduce your cost per gallon. If your fleet runs a large quantity you may be able to negotiate directly with the fuel provider. Otherwise you can get a fuel card with decent discounts like the Steelhead Platinum card with Steelhead Finance’s amazing factoring program to save an average of 18 cents per gallon (of course I’m going to drop a shameless plug).
However you do it, come up with a strategy and stop wasting money.
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