Gas is expensive—but you already know that. Currently, the national average price for gasoline sits at $3.72 per gallon. In several areas, gas prices hit the vicinity of $4.
As a truck owner, you cannot help but sigh and grumble each time gas prices are raised. After all, it’s not as if you can simply decide not to gas up. Fortunately, there are ways you can improve the fuel savings of your semi-truck. According to a report from Transport Topics, a new technology has been developed to increase the fuel efficiency of semi-trucks:
“An estimated 200,000 trailers will be equipped with trailer-tail technology by 2017, according to manufacturer ATDynamics.
The technology reduces aerodynamic drag at the back of tractor-trailers, improving fuel efficiency by about 5%. It has been used on the Department of Energy’s fuel-efficiency project, SuperTruck.”
Reducing wind drag can significantly decrease the amount of gas your engine needs to haul your cargo. However, the upfront cost to retrofit your truck with aerodynamic gear can be a bit pricey, especially if you have a fleet of trucks. At the same time, the technology is not readily accessible in many stores.
One way you can increase fuel economy without investing in the new technology is by replacing old parts with new semi-truck parts. As a truck gets older, it needs to exert more power and consume more fuel to run the way it originally did. Here are some of the most cost-effective replacement parts you can buy from reputable suppliers like Global Parts, Inc to increase fuel efficiency:
Make sure that your tires are properly inflated before you hit the open road. Poorly inflated tires cannot properly balance the load of a truck. As a result, your engine has to pick up the slack, consuming more fuel. You can also consider having your truck outfitted with “super single” wheels and tires.
Adding a GPS to your truck can help you find the shortest route to your destination, effectively reducing the amount of gas your truck needs to use. A GPS also comes in handy when driving in unfamiliar territory, as it saves you the trouble of having to go around in circles trying to find your way back into the interstate.
When purchasing new semi-trailer parts online, be sure to deal only with reputable companies, such as Global Parts, Inc. This guarantees the quality of the parts you order, and that you’ll be reaping the benefits sooner rather than later.
(Source: 200,000 Trailer Tails Expected to be in Use by 2017; Transport Topics; March 11, 2014)