Posted on 04/02/2015 at 01:37 PM by Troy Cummings
With a slight increase in fuel prices over the last couple of months, a lot of you have been wondering what you can do to increase your MPG. I took that question to a few of our top MPG drivers and asked them what they do to consistently obtain excellent MPG.
When I talked with Wilson Kopram he said there are the two important actions he takes to maintain excellent MPG. First he tries to stay in top gear all of the time. Second he said, he tries to make sure he uses the cruise control. He says these are the top two things he feels he does to make sure his MPG is among the top in the company.
When I talked with Bill Neville & Mark Gray regarding what they do to obtain their excellent MPG, they both stated they do not idle when it is not necessary. Bill said he uses the bunk heater and makes sure he turns his truck off. Mark also stated he turns the truck off when he doesn’t need to run it. If he is fueling or not in it, he makes sure he shuts it off.
A couple of other tips:
- Plan your stops. When accelerating from a complete stop, a unit burns at least .8 gallons of fuel to return to highway speed. Plan ahead and combine your stops for meals, fuel, showers and breaks.
- Inspect your tires. Every 10 psi of under-inflations reduces fuel economy by approximately 1%.
- Drive safely and anticipate the road ahead. Steady momentum is good, and managing the road allows you to be easy on the brakes and the throttle. Safe, alert, and steady driving can not only help improve fuel economy, but will also keep you and the motoring public safe. Always keep a safe following distance, obey the speed limit, and drive defensively. Using these tips will have a positive impact on your MPG.
Thank you for all of your efforts and hard work to continue striving for the best MPG.
Contributed by Angie Schultz, Fuel Analyst