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5 Ways to Save on Trucking Fuel Costs

Accutrac Capital 26-May-2013 0 Comments Permalink

With diesel fuel prices hovering around the $4.00 per gallon mark in many states, keeping a tight reign on fuel costs can make a substantial difference in how much of your trucking business's hard-earned money makes it to the bottom line. Aerodynamic equipment, moderated driving habits and Fuel Cards are a few simple examples of how to manage better savings at the fuel pumps. 

5 tips for saving on trucking fuel costs

  • Tip # 1 – Take advantage of fuel card discounts: Whether you have one truck or a fleet of a hundred trucks, fuel cards that offer fuel discounts are a great way to cut your overall operating costs. For example: Accutrac Capital's fuel card provides fuel discounts at retail fueling and terminal locations across North America. As an added benefit, Accutrac Capital's fuel card, provides tools and reports that can help you track fuel consumption to help you keep costs under control.

  • Tip # 2 – Slow Down: With increased demands placed on the trucking industry to deliver more, sooner, it's not unusual for drivers to get in the habit of driving fast. However, making good time can mean burning more diesel than you have to. In fact, for each mile you driver over 60mph, your truck loses 1/10th of a mile per gallon in fuel economy. Simply reducing your rig's driving speed from 65 down to 60 mpg over the period of a year can save you thousands of dollars in fuel costs.

  • Tip # 3 – Choose efficiency over beauty: Having the best looking truck doesn't necessarily mean it's the best truck for a serious trucker. Lots of chrome, added body weight and big engines eat up fuel. Choose a truck with aerodynamic design that will get the job done, efficiently, without the added horsepower needed to move a show truck.

  • Tip # 4 – Limit idling time: Studies have shown that you waste one gallon of fuel for every hour of idling time. Pay attention to how much time you allow your truck to idle and determine if it's really necessary. If not, reduce the idling time and save on fuel costs.

  • Tip # 5 – Keep your truck well maintained: In addition to it making good business sense to keep your bread and butter equipment in top running order, a well-maintained truck uses less fuel. Develop the habit of checking your average mpg usage at each fill-up. If you see a noticeable change, find out why. Then perform maintenance as soon as possible. Don't forget to check the air pressure in your tires at least weekly; all 18 of them. Under-inflated tires add to the fuel consumption of pulling your load.

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For more information about saving on fuel costs for your trucking business with Accutrac Capital's fuel cards, visit www.accutraccapital.com.

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