Saving Fuel by Driving Smart

For drivers, navigating the road comes second nature.

Their trucks become an extension of their body, spending more time inside than they do at their own home, so it’s important that they know how to keep themselves safe and on the road. 

Driving safely not only keeps drivers on the road but keeps them on the road longer, saving fuel, and getting them further on the same tank. 

Slow Down

Speeding not only increases the likelihood of an accident but also uses up more fuel than driving at a consistent speed. By maintaining an optimal, constant speed using cruise control can save drivers 7%-14% fuel economy according to the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Using cruise control on the highway can help drivers maintain a constant speed; vehicles use the most energy when accelerating. Obeying the speed limit, accelerating and braking gently and gradually, and reading the road ahead can improve your vehicle’s fuel economy by 15%–30% at highway speeds and 10%–40% in stop-and-go traffic.

Avoid Idling

Turning your car off when parked can help save gas, especially if the AC is on in the truck can use up gas. However, turning on and off a car engine excessively can cause wear on engine starters, so use your best judgment. 

Drive Safely 

Avoid rapid acceleration and braking, as it can use up gas unnecessarily. Weaving around traffic can also increase your gas usage and your risk for an accident, so it’s best to pick a lane and travel at the speed limit/speed of traffic consistently. 

Maintain your truck

Making sure your tires are properly inflated and the car is regularly maintained will ensure the vehicle is performing optimally. 

Interested in learning more about being a truck driver for Matheson? Check out our blog post: https://www.mathesoninc.com/do-truck-drivers-have-your-dream-lifestyle-probably/ 

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