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How to save fuel in trucks

Nowadays, transport companies have to spend a large amount of money on fuel for their fleet. Despite vehicle efficiency and technological improvements, a truck’s fuel consumption can vary due to a number of factors.

Factors that can influence a truck’s fuel consumption

As mentioned above, there are many factors that can influence a truck’s fuel consumption. Simply varying the way we drive or taking into account the technical aspects of the vehicle, traffic or load can help us to drive more efficiently and with lower fuel consumption.

The truck: The size, engine and age of the truck influence fuel consumption. Good maintenance is essential to avoid breakdowns and of course to save fuel.

Tyre pressure: Adequate tyre pressure improves grip, control and driving efficiency. It is advisable to check the air in the tyres frequently to avoid possible accidents, but also because it will reduce fuel consumption.

Keep to the speed limit: speeding has several consequences such as: increased risk of accidents, fines and increased strain on the engine. The higher the speed, the higher the fuel consumption. It is advisable to drive efficiently, avoiding abrupt acceleration and braking. We must take advantage of inertia in a skilful and intelligent way, use the right gears and, as far as possible, use cruising speed.

The route: Driving on national or secondary roads is not the same as driving on a motorway. That is why it is very important to be very clear about the route we are going to use in order to reach our destination in advance. It also helps to know the traffic conditions and possible alternative routes in case of heavy traffic.

Driver’s habits: A professional and efficient driver, with years of experience and a perfect knowledge of the truck he is going to use to transport the goods, is synonymous with success. Both in terms of fuel savings and in terms of arriving at the customer’s premises on time and without incident.

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