Reports suggest that fuel can total up to 30% of the total operating costs of a commercial fleet. This significant figure suggests that truck drivers should be focusing on fuel saving and trying to keep fuel costs as low as possible. SNAP have compiled a list of fuel saving tips for truck drivers throughout the UK and Europe:
As driving professionals, truck drivers are well aware of the current speed limits. Sticking to the limits is an easy way of fuel saving, plus you are protecting yourself from any unwanted and irritating speeding fines too.
A little bit of common sense goes a long way when you are trying to save fuel. Brake less and maintain a steady pace on the accelerator to get the most out of your fuel tank. Read the road in front of you and try to foresee situations when you might have to slow down or speed up.
Unless your truck is being tested with a hill or overtaking, try to keep the revs down and the gears high. There will be plenty of occasions when you need the extra power, but when youre heading downhill and picking up speed, skip through the gears to ensure economical fuel savings.
Most drivers will already be using some form of journey planner or satnav device. By planning your route in advance, you can reduce wrong turnings and extra miles which could be added onto your journey without forward thinking. Another handy fuel saving tip for truck drivers.
Aerodynamic losses can account for up to 20% of fuel consumption. This means that having your windows wide open on the motorways is a bad idea and you will be doing your fuel saving no favours. Use the air conditioning at high speeds and open your windows at slower speeds to maximise your fuel savings.
If you are stopped in traffic, or another scenario when the engine is not in use, turn off the ignition. Not only will this help to save fuel, you will be reducing emissions and helping to decrease pollution levels.
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Josh Cousens | SNAP.