Millions of commercial, passenger, and emergency vehicles in the United States rely on diesel fuel. However, with fuel costs rising, there’s no better time to refresh yourself on some of the ways you can save money. If you are a fleet manager, you know the importance of responsibly cutting costs where you can and saving on diesel fuel costs is one of the most effective ways to remain profitable.
Today, Triad Diagnostic Solutions will help you explore how regular maintenance can help you save on diesel fuel costs. We are believers in the importance of performing regular diagnostics for proper maintenance, but when you acknowledge how much money you can save on fuel costs in the process, the power of in-depth engine performance information only becomes that much more valuable!
How Does Regular Maintenance Impact Diesel Fuel Costs?
Put simply, a comprehensive vehicle maintenance strategy can help both fleet managers and drivers conserve fuel. When you’re able to properly conserve fuel, you save a lot of money. There are a few common maintenance practices that, if performed regularly, can greatly reduce your fuel consumption, especially during long hauls. Here are a few of the maintenance practices you should perform if saving on diesel fuel costs is a main concern.
Proper Tire Inflation
According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, ensuring that the vehicles in your fleet have properly inflated tires can improve fuel efficiency by an average of 0.6 percent up to a whopping 3 percent. Additionally, for every 1 psi below the recommended tire pressure, vehicles lose 0.2 percent in fuel efficiency.
Considering the fact that outside temperatures have a huge impact on the tire pressure in commercial vehicles, fleet managers should make it a priority to check the tire pressure of their vehicles regularly- especially when there are drastic changes in weather and temperature. Checking tire pressure should be a part of your regular maintenance plan for every vehicle in your fleet, and this can drastically save money on diesel fuel costs over time.