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Knoxville Trucking Jobs Offer Fuel Efficient Tips According to ASS, the national average price of diesel is $3.888 – call it $3.89 – per gallon at the time of this writing. Given that your truck likely has a fuel capacity of 150 to 300 gallons, it would cost $583 to over $1,167 per fill-up at the current rate. In other words, as you may have already noticed, fueling up for a long-haul is quite expensive, especially if you’re working Knoxville trucking jobs. Fortunately there are several ways to improve fuel efficiency. Doing so will result in less fuel usage, which will improve your bottom line. Let’s take a look at how to improve fuel efficiency on the road. Your truck already carries tens of thousands of pounds of items across thousands of miles each week. Avoid adding unnecessary items to your truck. Such items add to its total weight and, as a result, increase the amount of fuel it uses. Try to keep truck and in-cab accessories to a minimum. While seeing the many sights across the Tennessee region, Knoxville trucking jobs know that sometimes it may appear as though driving day after day can be a chore. It may be tempting to drive as fast as possible from point A to point B to get it over with or earn extra money. However, doing so has a major downside – more money spent on diesel. On average, every 1 mile per hour increase in speed results in a 0.14 mile per gallon decrease in fuel economy. Now, suppose that you drive 2,500 miles per week and decide to increase your average speed by 10 mph to save time. As the average 18-wheeler gets 5.9mpg, your truck’s fuel economy would drop to 4.5 mpg. Thus, by increasing your average speed by 10 mph, your truck would consume approximately 132 extra gallons of fuel at a cost of nearly $513. Is that 10 mph increase really worth $513 per week? Improperly-inflated tires decrease fuel economy. As such, routinely check all tires to ensure that they are properly inflated. Add or remove air, when necessary. Also, replace or repair any tires that seem to lose air frequently. Rapid acceleration places a lot of strain on your truck’s engine and results in wasted fuel. Remember – you’re not in a drag race! So, avoid flooring it when the light turns green and you’ll save some greenbacks! Knoxville truck drivers know full well how important fuel economy is to just about everyone, and hopefully these fuel-efficient tips will have you on your way to a fuller wallet in no time.
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