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Improving Commercial Trucking Fuel Efficiency

shutterstock_336055688There is no one size fits all approach to improving a fleet’s fuel efficiency. Fuel saving measures that work well for one fleet may produce middling results for another. The same holds true for software designed to help improve your fleet’s miles per gallon (MPG). There are numerous methods OEMs can utilize to improve fuel economy. Some of these include:

  • All wheel drive
  • Improving aerodynamics
  • Improving engine efficiency
  • Multispeed transmissions

Some methods truck drivers can employ themselves include:

  • Ensuring tires are inflated to the proper pressure
  • Avoiding idling for long periods
  • Removing unnecessary weight
  • Staying up to date with vehicle maintenance

Emissions and fuel consumption also go hand in hand. This means manufacturers can alter elements that affect emissions as well. Some of these elements include turbo compounding, combustion, downsizing, and air management.

One study compared the efficiency of 17 different major fleets across North America. The study found that every fleet used different methods to achieve their fuel consumption goals. The study also noted every fleet used multiple technologies to do so.

Improving fuel economy is a big picture issue with more than one solution. Fleets have the most success achieving their MPG goals when they employ a variety of tactics and make use of multiple fuel-saving technologies. When trying to decide among fuel saving measures, fleets would be wise to take an “all of the above” approach. By tweaking and combining various processes and technologies, fleets can get that much closer to reaching their fuel efficiency goals.

To learn more about safety, efficiency, and coverages for your transportation business, contact us.

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