How to Gain a Few Extra Miles from Your Diesel
When you are driving a diesel truck, every mile per gallon counts. Getting just a few extra miles per gallon can save you a lot of money in the long run. Try the following strategies to help you extend the life of your gas tank so that you can go farther and pay less.
Conduct Regular Maintenance
The best way to get better gas mileage is to ensure that your truck is in top working order. When everything in your engine is running smoothly, it doesn't have to work as hard, so you can achieve better fuel efficiency. Have your truck serviced according to the manufacturer's specifications and whenever you get a sense that something may not be quite right. The earlier you can catch any issues, the greater chances of being able to fix them at minimal cost.
Make Use of Cruise Control
When driving on the highway, try to maintain a consistent speed as much as possible, and use the cruise control setting if your truck is equipped with it. Constant acceleration and deceleration is much harder on your engine than holding a steady speed and uses up more gas every time you hit the pedals. When you do have to accelerate, do so gradually rather than putting the pedal to the floor.
Reduce Your Use of Air Conditioning
Running the air conditioner to keep the cabin of your diesel truck cool uses up more gas than you might think. Whenever possible, open the windows instead. The amount of drag created still uses less gas than the air conditioning. Electric fans also help and reduce the amount of gas you need to stay comfortable while driving.
Fill Up Early
When your gas tank is on the fuller side, you'll get better gas mileage than when you are running low. Instead of waiting until you are almost out of diesel fuel to fill up, aim for topping off your gas tank when you get down to about half a tank. It may require more time and effort, but you'll see the difference in your wallet.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is something that many of us don't check until there is an issue. Try to remember to check your tires on a regular basis and keep them inflated to the manufacturer-recommended levels. You'll enjoy a smoother ride, and your engine will be able to power your truck more efficiently. This is an easy, free fix that you'll reap the benefits from in the long run.
Bodacious Diesel Can Help
Our technicians are highly experienced in working on diesel trucks and can help to keep yours at its peak performance level. Bring your truck into Bodacious Diesel today for a checkup. We'll advise you on any necessary repairs and maintenance considerations to keep your diesel truck at its best.