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Tips for Conserving Fuel

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Tips for Conserving Fuel
Saving fuel on your next trip will also save you plenty of headaches. You’re on a schedule, and stopping frequently to re-fuel can mess with your delivery time.

Saving fuel on your next trip will also save you plenty of headaches. You’re on a schedule, and stopping frequently to re-fuel can mess with your delivery time. Plus, frequent re-fueling can get pretty expensive. Here are some handy tips for conserving fuel.

Be Responsible

No matter what size truck you drive, you’ve got to be responsible every time you’re out on the road. Other drivers won’t be as considerate, so you need to keep yourself safe. Follow the speed limit as often as you can. When you speed up, you start to use more fuel than if you went more slowly. That said, you want to maintain a reasonable speed – driving too slowly can be just as dangerous as going too fast, especially around sharp turns. Don’t idle your truck, which can eat up unnecessary amounts of fuel. Be sure to turn the engine off every time you get out of the cab, and try using cruise control sometimes, since this can also help you save some gas.

Observe Traffic Patterns

Next, observe the traffic patterns. Stop and go traffic can guzzle more gas than you expect. So getting stuck in it will make you use a lot more than normal. Slowing down and stopping at the right times will make a difference, though. Before your next cargo haul, take a minute to look at the gear shift on your truck. If it’s manual, you’re in luck. That’s because you won’t need to keep shifting gears all the time, which also helps you conserve fuel. Avoid stomping on the brake unless you have to because this tactic also burns too much fuel.

Track Oil Levels

Keep an eye on the oil levels in your truck. Like any vehicle on the road, it will require occasional oil changes. Be sure to use the right type of oil, because when you do, you can increase your overall gas mileage. Make sure you top off your diesel fuel tank before getting on the road; the more gas you have, the farther you can go.

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Maintaining Fuel Efficiency

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Maintaining Fuel Efficiency

As a trucker, one of your biggest expenses is always going to be fuel. How can you maintain optimal fuel efficiency?

As a trucker, one of your biggest expenses is always going to be fuel. Your truck’s fuel tanks are enormous, and diesel fuel can be quite expensive. Even if the price of fuel isn’t coming out of your pocket, it is important to try to keep fuel costs as low as you can. Here are some ways you can keep your fuel use as efficient as possible. (more…)

Truck Fuel Efficiency 101

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Truck Fuel Efficiency 101

Get as miles as you can from every tank of fuel!

Whether you’re an owner-operator or you work for a large shipping company, you’re always keeping track of your fuel efficiency. After all, truck fuel can be quite pricey, so you’ll want to make sure you get as many miles as you can from each tank. If you’re trying to increase or regulate your truck’s fuel efficiency, try some of these tricks! (more…)

4 Benefits of Automatic Transmissions

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

4 Benefits of Automatic Transmissions

In recent years, there has been a slow but definite push toward automatic transmissions in trucking.

Ever since the very beginning of the trucking industry, drivers have been manually shifting through gears. The training for a CDL heavily emphasizes learning to shift properly. Some states have even made shifting a part of their exams. However, just because things have always be done a certain way doesn’t mean they should always been done that way. Trucking is no different. In recent years, there has been a slow but definite push toward automatic transmissions in trucking. There are several reasons for this change. Here are just a few of them. (more…)

Increase Fuel Efficiency by Reducing Idling Time

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Increase Fuel Efficiency by Reducing Idling Time

Every trucker strives to increase their fuel efficiency.

Every trucker strives to increase their fuel efficiency. Independent truckers and trucking companies alike want to increase their profits by spending less on fuel. Diesel fuel is expensive, it’s a fact every trucker has to deal with. That said, there are several little things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most out of your tank. (more…)

3 Fuel Efficiency Tips for Truck Drivers

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Fuel Prices

By being smart about how you drive your vehicle, you can get the most out of your money, help the environment, and lower your bottom line.

Whether fuel prices are rising or falling, every truck driver is concerned about getting the most out of every last gallon. By being smart about how you drive your vehicle, you can get the most out of your money, help the environment, and lower your bottom line. Here are three excellent fuel efficiency tips for truck drivers that you can start using today.

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Lower Fuel Prices

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

With fuel prices hitting many drivers right in the wallet this summer season, a recent drop is sure to bring relief across most of the nation. As of August 19th, the average fuel price is currently $3.835. This makes the national average price about 6.5 cents lower than it was around this time last year. For those who rely on fuel for their business, especially trucking companies and fleets, now is a great time to educate your drivers on the price of fuel in the nation.

Here are some areas that are seeing fuel price decreases:

  • Central Atlantic: 1.4 cent decrease
  • Lower Atlantic: 1.2 cent decrease
  • East Coast: 1.2 cent decrease
  • Gulf Coast: 1.1 cent decrease

Unfortunately, California saw a .2 of a cent increase in price of diesel fuel.

As of August 19th, 2014, the average costs of diesel in some of the US regions are as follows:

  • West Coast: $4.015
  • Gulf Coast: $3.739
  • Midwest: $3.78

While many of these prices bring relief, it is important for drivers to keep in mind that prices vary from state to state. Do your homework before fueling up this summer to find the best prices in your area. One way to get the most of your lower priced fuel is to maintain your truck fleet for improved fuel efficiency. Proper truck maintenance will ensure that your fuel goes farther, which is better for your budget.

Fuel Prices

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Increasing Fuel Efficiency

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

If you’re in charge of a fleet of tractor-trailers or semi-trucks, you’re constantly looking for ways to conserve fuel. By making small changes, you can increase fuel efficiency, allowing the trucks to run longer and smoother, and ultimately saving money within your company. Check out these tips for increasing fuel efficiently in your truck fleet.

  1. Oil changes- Keeping new oil in your truck will ensure optimal engine performance and keep your truck running smoothly overall. This will also minimize breakdowns and repairs down the line.
  2. A high-flow exhaust system and a high-flow air filter- This allows your truck motor to breathe. Not replacing these systems for years could mean rust and debris build up, which hinders the overall performance of your truck.  Have your trucks inspected to see if replacement of the muffler and pipes is necessary. By installing high-flow parts, you will increase the efficiency of the motor, and your overall truck.
  3. Tires & tire pressure-Tire pressure should be checked often to make sure that there are no air leaks, which can affect fuel efficiency. Tires that lack proper pressure use more fuel overall to function. Invest in quality tires and regularly check your tire pressure.
  4. Helper springs- These springs help support and suspend the tires of your truck. If your tires are experiencing too much pressure, they will use more fuel to function.
  5. Spark plugs- Discolored spark plugs means a leak or deficiency of some sort in your truck. Should you see discoloration, bring your trucks to Middleton & Meads.

 

Fuel Efficiency

 

If you feel your business could benefit from Middleton & Meads’ Fleet Management service or if you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service. We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!