Whether you are a shipping line, large industrial machinery operator, commercial fleet operator or a private motor vehicle user, you can certainly save fuel by keeping in mind a few simple rules that will greatly increase your overall fuel consumption. Here are a few practical fuel savings tips for the transporter or vehicle you operate now.
- Try using a lower octane rated fuel and Fuel Stick fuel conditioner. This will save you money and increase your power output so the savings can be substantial.
Note: Fuel Stick will provide more power from the engine so you can either drive the same as you normally do and save fuel or you can use the power and sacrifice fuel savings.
- Change the engine oil regularly and use the manufacturer specified grade oil for the engine. If the oil becomes heavy or if there is sludge in the engine, it is much harder to circulate and this reduces the power output considerably.This will increase your fuel consumption.
Note: If you have an older vehicle or a heavy industrial vehicle or powerplant in constant use, consider performing an engine flush and decarbonizing treatment to increase engine efficiency and further reduce emissions.
- Dieseland gasoline is heavy so only fill your tank completely when you are travelling a greater distance than normal. It is better to fill your tank to achieve the distance you intend to travel. Carrying excess fuel weight is expensive and unnecessary.
- The worst gas mileage you can ever get is sitting at the lights idling. so avoid idling your vehicle any more than necessary. When idling at traffic lights etc. put the transmission in neutral.
- High-speed highway driving uses much more fuel than driving at moderate speeds. Each vehicle has an optimum speed but on most vehicles, driving faster than 100Kph will increase your fuel consumption by as much as 5% for every 5Kph over 100.
- Aggressive driving – erratic acceleration and braking – can increase fuel consumption by as much as 33% at highway speeds and 5-10% in town.
- Remove excess weight from the vehicle, any execc weight will cost money. The smaller the vehicle, the more this affects the fuel economy.
- Gasoline is heavy so only fill your tank when you are on a trip. It is better to keep the tank half full around town to reduce weight.
- Avoid using roof racks or any other add-ons that will affect the aerodynamics of the vehicle. Side window shields, whip aerials, grill guards, bike racks and most rear spoilers only add drag and increase fuel consumption.
- Use cruise control on the highway where it is practical. This maintains a steady speed and saves fuel. If your vehicle is equipped with overdrive – use it above 60kph. This reduces the engine RPM and saves fuel.
- Only use air conditioning when necessary. Remember, the air conditioner costs money to run. Open the widows at low speed around town but at highway speeds close the widows and use the fresh air setting. This will keep the aerodynamics working for you.
- A convertible will use less fuel on the open road with the top up.
- Keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure for your vehicle. This will not only save fuel but it may also save your life.