A fleet of heavy trucks can be quite costly to operate. Even when you have just a few trucks, there is a chance that you could be wasting money right now without realizing it. If you aren’t utilizing preventative maintenance for the trucks, the money is slipping right out your front door. Let’s look at a couple of the ways that you can take better care of your fleet and save money at the same time.
First, consider the tire pressure in your trucks. How often do the drivers check the pressure? If the tires are underinflated, it can end up costing more at the pump. Keeping the pressure at the right levels could actually help to improve mileage by more than 3%. This might not sound like much, but consider the amount of miles each of the trucks in the fleet drives each year. Those pennies will quickly start adding up.
Second, oil changes and new, quality air filters can make a difference. They help the engine to run better and more smoothly. Clogged air filters can reduce the performance of an engine by as much as 10% in some cases. Simply keeping the air filters clean will cut down on the amount you are spending on fuel. Oil changes at regular intervals help to keep the engine in good working condition.
Third, consider the speed at which the truckers are driving. Many mistakenly believe that by driving just a bit faster, they will be able to deliver their loads sooner and actually use less gas. That’s not the case. When the engine is working harder, it means that it is taking up much more fuel. It also reduces safety and breaks the law when they drive too fast.
Fourth, regular maintenance on the trucks will help you reduce the need for expensive repairs later. It keeps the trucks operating longer so you can get the most out of them as well. However, it is important that you rely on professionals in the field with it comes to the maintenance and repair. Small maintenance, such as checking the tire pressure, is easy enough for you or the drivers to do. Bigger jobs always require the professionals.