Did you know there are certain techniques you can adopt very easily that – when added together – could help you economize up to 30% in fuel consumption? UD Trucks is currently developing driver-training courses in order to help improve your fuel economy - Until then, try to follow these few simple steps.
Planning your route
Remember, the shortest route is not necessarily the most fuel-efficient!
Scanning the road
• A driver who keeps his/her eyes continuously moving will anticipate danger much earlier!
• Look ahead as far as possible, see where the truck will be in 45 seconds
• Check your mirrors often
Trimming your speed
• Keep your eyes on the speedometer and your foot off the gas
• Drive at a constant speed to minimize fuel consumption
• Stay within the speed limit
• But please keep in mind, the posted speed limit is not always safe
Did you know?
For every 5km/h increase in speed, your fuel efficiency decreases by around 3 to 5%
How much fuel does it take to move a loaded truck from a standstill to cruising speed?
0-65km/h = 0.54 liter
25-65km/h = 0.42 liter
So if safe, try to keep the mass rolling.
ROLLING WITHOUT RESISTANCE
• How much more fuel do you consume when your tires are underinflated?
• Tire pressure has the greatest effect on rolling resistance
• So check your tire pressure regularly and always with a pressure gauge
Keep your eyes on Roads magazine for more driving tips.
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