Industry experts say fuel is the largest expense when it comes to owning and operating a truck. American Truck Business Services (ATBS) reports, the average owner-operator spends anywhere from $50,000 – $70,000 to keep their truck fueled each year. While the price of fuel may be out of your control, there are ways owner-operators can easily reduce fuel consumption.
According to the United States Department of Energy, these industry-accepted suggestions may reduce fuel economy without having to modify the truck:
- Slow Down – A truck traveling at 75 mph consumes 27 percent more fuel than one going 65 mph.
- Find the Right RPMs – Find the most efficient RPM to run the engine, known in the industry as the “sweet spot.” Dealerships can provide information to help owner-operators find the right RPM for their engines.
- Reduce Idling – Idling to stay warm or cool in the truck is a fuel guzzler. The average long-haul truck left idling six to eight hours a day will consume more than 1,500 gallons of fuel every year.
- Monitor Tire Pressure – Keeping your tires at the proper pressure is not only a safety responsibility, but it improves gas mileage by up to 3 percent.
- Drive Safely – Avoid rapid acceleration, reduce frequent shifting and practice smooth breaking.