In general, diesel engines get better fuel mileage than gas engines do, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't do everything in your power to conserve fuel. Not only will this save you money on fuel, but it will also save you time, as you can stay on the road longer between trips to the pump. Follow these strategies to improve your fuel mileage and get the most out of your diesel truck.
Avoid Idling as Much as Possible
This may seem obvious, but don't leave your truck running if you aren't driving. While it is a good idea to let your engine warm up a bit before you hit the road, this should only take a few minutes, so don't drag it out too long. Whenever you stop for a break, turn the engine off so that you aren't wasting fuel when you're not going anywhere.
Use Cruise Control
When you will be driving over long distances, set your cruise control to maintain your speed. Constant fluctuations in speed force your engine to use more fuel to keep accelerating. With cruise control, you'll stay at a constant speed, which is much easier on your fuel tank and your truck's engine.
Minimize Air Conditioning Use
Running the air conditioner eats up a lot of fuel, so try to use it as little as possible. We don't mean that you need to sit there in a pool of your own sweat; of course, feel free to use the A/C when it is especially hot out. When the weather is comfortable, though, try opening a window instead. The fresh breeze will feel great and keep you comfortable without wasting fuel.
Accelerate and Brake Smoothly
Rapid acceleration and sudden braking can use up your fuel in a hurry. Gradually bring your truck up to speed, and try to anticipate the behavior of other drivers on the road to avoid sudden stops. If you see traffic slowing down ahead of you, take your foot off the gas to slow down gradually before hitting the brakes. When you do, ease your truck to a stop rather than slamming on the brakes unless it's necessary.
Keep Your Truck Properly Maintained
Keeping your engine in good shape can help to boost your fuel efficiency. When everything in your engine is running smoothly, it is much easier for it to do its job, so it'll need less fuel to get you to where you need to go. Check your owner's manual, or ask your mechanic to help you keep up with your manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule.
Here at Bodacious Diesel, we specialize in diesel trucks and can help you keep yours operating at peak performance over the years. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment to give your engine a tune-up.