Anyone who works over the road (OTR) trucking jobs in the Midwest knows that the price of gas can make a long haul costly. Here are some important, money-saving fuel economy tips for OTR drivers.
Keep an Eye on Your Speedometer
Here’s the sad truth: the faster you drive your truck, the less fuel efficient you become. Those extra seconds or minutes shaved off your travel time can turn into serious dollars on a long trip. It’s best to keep an eye on that speedometer and travel at a reasonable, fuel-efficient speed. Also, make sure you accelerate slowly and smoothly—rapid acceleration strains your truck and burns through a lot of fuel.
Kick the Tires
Deflated tires can disastrous for your fuel efficiency, your safety, and the safety of those driving around you. Low tire pressure is one of the leading causes of fuel inefficiency. Make sure to check tire pressure every chance you get to keep yourself safe and fuel efficient.
Give Your Engine a Break
Leaving your truck idling for long periods of time will also burn through a lot of fuel unnecessarily. A good rule of thumb is this: if you’re taking a break—such as at a rest stop, gas station, hotel, or restaurant—give your truck a break by turning off the engine. This will save precious fuel, improve your efficiency, and help prevent unnecessary strain on your truck’s engine.
While fuel efficiency can make long hauls costly, there are a number of things you can do to prevent them. Make sure you utilize these tips to save yourself more fuel in the long run.
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