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Melissa Conn's avatar More Tips to Save Money on Fuel for your Truck or Fleet
Posted by Melissa Conn on Friday, August 31, 2012
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Last week we discussed how to save money on gas without spending money. This week we will review how improvements to your trucks can help save on fuel costs.

Install a fuel economy gauge in your truck

This will give you a real time measurement of a truck’s mileage performance. Then you can adjust your driving accordingly to save the most bucks.

Install aerodynamic equipment

California has stricter fuel efficiency standards than most states.  Certain aerodynamic equipment meets EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  

  • Air deflectors on the roof help reduce drag.
  • Cab extenders help eliminate the gap between the cab and the trailer.
  • Side skirts will help with the cross air under the truck and will increase fuel savings. Pair them with more aerodynamic bumpers and you will have a saving combination.

Use a GPS System

A GPS System will help you limit extra miles by finding the most direct route. Especially, if you are travelling in unfamiliar territory, a GPS System can help eliminate wasted miles looking for a destination.. 

Regular Truck Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on your truck or fleet can increase your gas mileage. The Department of Energy estimates tune-ups can improve gas mileage by up to 4%.

Changing the oil regularly reduces friction on the engine, keeps the engine cooler, and controls and reduces corrosion of engine parts.  

Replace air filters because engines require both gas and air to operate. The filter keeps dust and dirt out of the engine. Changing the air filter on fuel-injected engine does not necessarily improve gas mileage but it increases the longevity of the engine.

Read Part One of How to Save on Fuel Costs

 

 

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