Top 10 fuel-saving techniques for heavy duty trucks
25 Jan 2019
1. Plan well then go on the road
Going out in a hurry is insecure, it is better to be prepared before departure. Check the vehicle ahead of time and select the shortest and most reasonable route based on the road condition. If you do this, you can save money.
2. Departure as early as possible
Many young drivers like to sleep late and get up late. At this time, there are many people on the road. In order to hurry, they slam the throttle and slam on the brakes. This is very fuel-intensive. It is recommended to get up early, the road is relatively smooth, and you can drive happily and enjoy saving fuel.
3. The accelerator is the brake
Control the speed in time according to the road condition, use the accelerator as a brake. When encountering the traffic light, decelerate in advance. And when the road condition is complicated, control that smoothly. If the speed is too fast or too slow, it will lead to an increase in fuel consumption. For most trucks, 60KM to 80KM is the most fuel-efficient speed.
4. Slimming the vehicle
When the truck is running on the road, it will inevitably accumulate dust and dirt everywhere. It should be removed frequently and slimmed down in time, which not only reduces the risk of ‘overweight’ but also saves fuel. The fuel tank and the water are enough to be used. It is not necessary to drag more weight of several people to run around.
5. Don’t heat the engine for long time
When it is cold, many drivers will preheat the truck, but the warm-up time is too long. You can drive slowly and evenly after started the engine. About two kilometers, when out of the mileage, the effect of preheating has also been achieved.
6. Check frequently, repair quickly
After stopping the truck, check the vehicle and find the problematic part to be repaired in time. The engine is the heart of the vehicle, and it needs to be specially "cared for" to achieve fuel-saving effect. Maintenance must be carried out in strict accordance with the number of maintenance kilometers provided by the manufacturer, and often check and maintain the air filter and other parts to make the car more fuel efficient.
7. Standard tire pressure
The fuel consumption will increase if the air pressure of the tire is too high or too low. The pressure should be checked regularly. When inflating, the air pressure can be increased by 5% to 10%. For running faster and climbing better, some drivers may refit the vehicle. When refitting, be sure to consult professional people to make the parameters of the vehicle parts reasonable. Otherwise, it is not safe to drive. And also increase fuel consumption.
8. Stop engine when stop driving
The fuel consumption used by the engine for three minutes of idle time can be used for one kilometer of the vehicle. When queuing, jamming or parking for more than one minute, the flameout can be considered. Try not to change lanes while driving, and keep driving at a straight line.
9. Better refueling time, reliable refueling station
Most items have the characteristics of "thermal expansion and contraction" and the same is true for oil. The time of refueling can be selected in the morning or evening when the temperature is low, not only can add more fuel, but after a period of precipitation, the oil quality is relatively pure. Try to choose a regular gas station to refuel, some roadside small petrol station is not the lack of quantity or the oil is poor.
10. Fuel economy starts from the engine speed
There is a direct connection between the speed of the truck engine and the fuel consumption. Each engine has its economic speed. No matter low or high, it may lead to an increase in fuel consumption. Try to run at different speeds to find the most economical speed when driving. Some drivers like to push the throttle to the end when they are going uphill, thinking that is powerful. In fact, this is wrong, the fuel consumption will increase exponentially. The best way is to use the engine at an economic speed with highest torque.