Diesel trucks, although useful for pulling and towing heavy loads, can consume a considerable amount of fuel. While some diesel vehicles are considered most efficient for heavy work, it is always helpful to get more out of your fuel economy and save some money at the pump. In addition to checking the accuracy of your fuel pressure through the installation of an airdog fuel pressure sensor, these tips can help your fuel last longer.
1. Avoid excessive warm-up times. Consistent and prolonged idling can really drain your fuel, so turn the engine off and conserve gas.
2. Try to avoid revving your engine. Although you may be in a hurry and enjoy the sound, try to shift into your next gear slowly rather than quickly. It will save on fuel costs.
3. Find the best operating zone. After you reach cruising speed, you will get the best mileage and possible horsepower by operating in your engine’s peak torque zone.
4. Don’t rely on your air conditioner. It may be a bit uncomfortable during hot summer months, but limiting your use can save some fuel money.
5. Plan for traffic lights. If you are able to time your arrival at traffic lights so you can slow down and avoid stopping completely, you can use less fuel.
6. Expand your following distance. By keeping your distance from the vehicle in front of you, the less likely you will be to make sudden stops, repeated braking, and inconsistent acceleration.
7. Reduce your highway speed. Even though you are trying to get to your destination as quickly as possible, every mile per hour traveled above 55 will decrease your fuel economy.
8. Don’t gun it. Punching the throttle will create fuel burn spikes. Use steady accelerations to conserve your gas.
Improve Your Mileage
Taking some of these simple tips and implementing them in your driving routine can use your fuel more efficiently. Conserving your fuel will be a huge help to your wallet and allow you to spend your resources on something other than a gas pump.