Improve Aerodynamics: At highway speeds, much of the energy used to move a truck goes to pushing air out of its way. Aerodynamic devices reduce the amount of drag and save significant amounts of fuel. These include cab roof fairings (6-8 percent), trailer side skirts (4-7 percent) and trailer tails (at least 1 percent).
Low Rolling Resistance Tires: Low rolling resistance tires have an estimated fuel savings of 3 percent or greater and are available from most manufacturers. Just ask your tire supplier for SmartWay verified low rolling resistance tires.
Idle Reduction Technologies: Studies show that the average long-haul truck idles about 1,800 hours per year using about 5,600 litres (1,500 gallons) of fuel. A number of technology options can help drivers to reduce truck idling, including auxiliary power units (APU’s) and direct fired heaters. An auxiliary power unit only uses about 25 percent of the fuel that a truck’s engine uses to idle, and a direct fired heater only uses about 5 percent.
Here are some top tips for saving fuel and improving your SmartWay results:
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