In this day and age, fuel efficiency has become of the most crucial factors in road transportation. Even with electric vehicles and hyper-efficient engines becoming extremely popular, fuel is still a vital concern for electric drivers, especially with fuel prices rising every day. However, unless your company equips your heavy goods vehicle with the latest aerodynamic kit, your fuel efficiency will be mostly meagre during your journeys. That being said, we have decided to post a few tips that will help improve fuel efficiency in your HGV training, while saving you some money in the process.
- Cruise Control
Most vehicles nowadays have a cruise control feature, built-in. As such, you have no reason not to use it. This feature helps keep your car at a constant speed, thus minimizing unnecessary acceleration, braking and revs. Keep in mind that everything you use the accelerator, it consumes more fuel and even the tiniest of fluctuations in your feet movement can result in unnecessary revs. The lack of acceleration, especially over a long journey can save you a substantial amount of fuel.
- Master Block Changing
This is one of those things drivers do sometimes, but not enough. Master block changing is basically skipping the gears that are not relevant to your car speed. So, rather than working the gears linearly up or down, simply skip directly to the gear you should be in. Thus, you can skip from the second gear to the fourth, or from the fifth to the third. According to research, drivers who block change gears, especially when moving up, they save much more fuel than drivers who shift gears linearly. That’s because the engine does not have to work harder to get through the rest of the gears, thus minimising the revs and ultimately saving on fuel. Ideally, it means your hands spend more time on the steering wheel than on the gearstick, thus making the drive safer.
- Leveraging Resistance
This is one of those things you will come across as a driver, and the larger the vehicle, the higher the resistance. When carrying heavy goods over long distances, air, gradient as well as rolling-resistance means you end up consuming more fuel to move the vehicle. While resistance is a hard thing to prevent, there are several ways to minimize impact.
One is to pick fewer hilly routes as it will reduce gradient resistance. Next, consider investing in a whole set of low-rolling resistance tyres for your heavy goods vehicle, and ensure they are always fully inflated. Doing this can save you up to 6% in fuel. However, every drop in 10 PSI minimized the efficiency of the tyres by 1%.
- Avoid Leaving Your Engine Idle
It is often tempting to leave your engine idling, especially during winter in order to keep the heater on. However, every minute you leave your HGVs engine idling is simply throwing money away. There are concrete studies into the fuel consumption rate of idling cars and the results are shocking.
As you can see, there are several appealing ways to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle and save a substantial amount of money. Start practicing the above mentioned tips today, and you should begin to notice a difference in no time.