Most of the commercial vehicles in India run on diesel engines. The diesel prices keep fluctuating and the price gap between diesel and petrol keeps narrowing every day. As a commercial vehicle owner, one may have to keep thinking about ways to maximize the vehicle’s fuel efficiency to keep the fuel bills low. Here are some simple tips to maximize your commercial vehicle’s mileage / fuel efficiency.
If you have drivers for your commercial vehicle fleet, ensure the following tips are covered in their training and reiterated to them every now and then.
Watch Your Speed
Many drivers get tempted to drive fast on empty roads. Driving fast will lead to applying brakes and changing gears often. This will result in more fuel consumption. Driving at an optimum speed, say 60-65 kmph as against 80kmph might reduce your fuel consumption by up to 20 percent.
Don’t Carry Unnecessary Load
Your commercial vehicle is already loaded with tonnes of weight. Don’t burden it by adding more tools, covers, etc… Carry only what is essential to handle an emergency. This way the engine gets a breather and improves the fuel efficiency.
The load that your commercial vehicle carries is transferred to the tyres. To maximise the fuel efficiency, it is recommended to inflate the tyres and keep it at the optimum pounds per square inch (PSI). On average, properly inflated tyres can improve a commercial vehicle’s fuel efficiency by 0.3 percent to 3 percent.
Make sure to service your vehicle as per the manufacturer’s recommendation. When the parts are in good condition, the efficiency of the vehicle will be at its best. Check the air filter, if it is clogged, clean it or replace it as it will reduce the fuel efficiency due to higher fuel-to-air ratio. Likewise, clean the fuel injectors as well. A clean injector enables higher efficiency by using all the fuel sprayed into the cylinder.
Use A Cargo Bay Cover
Wind drag is an important factor that affects the fuel efficiency of a commercial vehicle. If your vehicle’s cargo bay is open, the airflow will be irregular and will result in unnecessary drag. To avoid this, cover the cargo bay so that the air flows smoothly for better aerodynamics that will result in better fuel efficiency.
Avoid Engine Idling
Engine idling is when you have stopped your vehicle but your engine still keeps running. Idling your engine for a long time consumes a lot of fuel. When you are loading/unloading even for 5 minutes or stuck in a traffic signal for more than 60 seconds it is better to turn off your engine. You would be surprised to see how much fuel you can save by doing this on your every trip.
Warm Up Your Engine
During winter, the engine tends to get cold. Cold engines consume more fuel. To avoid this, start the engine and idle it for a couple of minutes. The engine will become warm. A warm engine will deliver better efficiency than cold engines.
Check Your Routes
Before beginning the journey, check for routes that are free of traffic. A slightly longer route with no traffic will deliver better efficiency than a short route that is congested with stop and go traffic.
With proper technique and consistency, you can save big on your fuel bills. By reducing fuel consumption you can also contribute towards a greener environment. Talking about savings, opt for the right commercial vehicle insurance from Cholamandalam commercial insurance.