What’s your best advice for saving fuel?

| July 08, 2013

MiguelDriver training is the single most important variable that can be tweaked to achieve the biggest positive difference in cutting fuel costs.

Driver training, as it affects fuel costs, can be divided into two main categories: truck inspection and driving habits.
 
A truck driver must be trained on the proper method of conducting a satisfactory truck inspection. There’s a wide assortment of critical elements that will directly cause fuel economy to suffer if not functioning properly. Under-inflated tires, dirty filters, lack of lubrication, faulty fuel injectors and leaky hoses will negatively affect fuel economy.
 
A truck driver who has developed good driving habits will constantly monitor road condition, traffic, weather and terrain in order to time his shifting, maintain momentum and a reasonable driving speed. Excessive speed, poor shifting, unnecessary braking and idling will result in excessive fuel consumption.

Miguel Cazares
Owner-operator, Cazco Speedwagon

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  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    The best advice for saving fuel is to park it in the driveway and stay in the house

  • quarter&company

    Tire’s check the tires every time you stop. when parked at dock check em. make a note of each tire and while doing this look at other potential problems. I check tires in and around Joplin MO. I charge a dollar a tire but you know what I do is a good deal but knothing so cheap will help a driver more than to check your tires yourself. If you drive someone else’s truck get into a habit of checking the tires and you will see a good improvement in what you do behind the wheel checking a paying attention will save fuel and give you and your employer a far better bottom line.