July: Whats Your Best Tip For Cutting Fuel Costs

Track truck maintenance

Keep a record of your truck maintenance. It is a good reference for tracking things like tire wear, parts that have been replaced, or proof of repairs to show prospective buyers should you sell your truck or trailer.

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Check tire pressure daily

Check tire pressure daily with a tire gauge. Tire thumpers are used for insuring tires are still inflated during your driving shift. Proper inflation can save your life.

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Close the gap

My best tip from hauling trade shows with a 53-foot van-trailer was to close the gap to at least 28 inches with the rear of the tractor.

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Get an APU

“Thermo King Tri Pac helped me save thousands on fuel; not to mention the hours on the main . It’s the best $11,000 I've ever spent, and I don't want another truck without one.” Cody Blankenship Owner-operator, 4B Transportation LLC

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Run slow and steady

Run slow and steady. No jackrabbit starts. Keep RPMs low as you go through the gears. Watch your boost gauge if you have one, and try to keep boost around 10 or under while cruising and when pulling hard try to keep the boost from going no higher than 15-18 pounds. Run super singles and keep tires at rated psi. Only use cruse control in flat areas and peddle in hilly areas so you can ...

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