If you own a truck, chances are you use your truck for business or to commute back and forth to work. Unlike most passenger cars, trucks, SUV’s and Jeeps usually have much less fuel efficiency. While many consider this a trade off for functionality, you don’t have to waste money burning fuel needlessly. Here are just a few tips that can put more money back in your pocket, while still giving your truck plenty of performance on the road.
Check Your Tires
Many people laugh, when you mention keeping your tires properly inflated, but this truly is one of the best and easiest ways to boost fuel efficiency. When tires are deflated even a few pounds, they tend to drag and this means that you use much more fuel than you would with properly inflated tires. It’s been proven that you can easily save 1% to 5% in fuel efficiency when you drive with properly inflated tires and since inflating your tires is usually free or just a few cents and takes only a minute or two, saving a few bucks makes it worth the effort.
Remove Weight from Your Truck
Another way to save some money on fuel is to make sure that when you are not towing or hauling items, your truck is not carrying extra weight. Even an extra hundred pounds of cargo being hauled around can cost you a few bucks per month, so if you have a lot of junk in the bed that you don’t need, take it out and save big on fuel costs.
Keep Your Truck Maintained
This is a no brainer, however we sometimes overlook the simple fact that in order to save fuel our trucks need to be well maintained. Usually light maintenance such as frequent oil changes and timely tune ups can save you fuel in the long run.