Fuel efficiency is becoming increasingly important as gas prices are in a state of ever-fluctuation. At Coral Truck Equipment in Ontario, we understand how important fuel efficiency is, especially for Niagara Falls businesses trying to keep their fuel economy high and their profits even higher. That is why we have compiled a list of 4 fuel efficiency tips for your work truck that can help you save on gas.
1. Invest in Regular Oil Changes
Regular oil changes are extremely important when it comes to maintaining a reliable and fuel-efficient work truck in Niagara Falls. Engine oil is vital to three key functions in your work truck’s internal combustion engine:
- It keeps all engine components running smoothly
- It helps draw heat away from the combustion chamber
- It helps prevent carbon and varnishes from accumulating in the engine
Making sure that you keep up with regular oil changes can go a long way to helping your truck’s fuel efficiency, and when choosing the type of oil for your truck, do not be afraid to overcompensate. Consider switching to synthetic oil because it can lubricate properties longer, allowing the engine to work with less friction and less wear, especially in temperature extremes.
2. Buy the Right Set of Tires
While it costs more money upfront, having two sets of tires in Niagara Falls, one for summer and one for winter, reduces wear and increases safety on the road. You should also check your tire pressure often because tires can affect gas mileage by about 10%. Proper tire pressure can optimize your truck’s fuel efficiency and tire wear, and monitoring tire pressure can help operators catch ait leaks while they are small.
3. Avoid Over Revving
One of the easiest ways to maintain your engine’s lifespan and increase fuel efficiency is to avoid over revving in your work truck. Over revving usually occurs when driving at high output torque ratings or high RPMS. Over revving can shorten your work truck’s engine life and lower your fuel efficiency; however, you need to also be careful to not drive below the engine’s specified RPM parameters, as that can require increased downshifting, which can also cause over revving.
4. Monitor Your Spark Plugs
Spark plugs can tell a lot about what is going on in your work truck’s internal combustion engine. Discoloured spark plugs can indicate that the motor is running rich or lean. It your motor is running rich then the truck is probably using too much fuel, and if your motor is running lean then there is not enough fuel. You should make sure to change your spark plugs at 60,000 miles if you have iridium or platinum plugs, and every year or at 7,000 miles for copper plugs. Either way, you should always make sure to check your spark plugs yearly.
If you would like to learn more about these 4 fuel efficiency tips for your work truck, or if you are interested in any of our products (truck equipment, truck bodies, snow removal equipment, and truck lift gates), please contact Coral Truck Equipment in Niagara Falls, Ontario at 289-808-9252 or by filling out a contact form on our website.