For any vehicle, fuel effieciency and tread mileage go hand in hand. When one is bad, chances are the other will be too. By following these easy steps, you can kill two birds with one stone and improve fuel economy while also improving your tread life.
-Keep your tires properly inflated at all times. Believe it or not, truck fleets often don’t do a great job of maintaining proper inflation pressure. Underinflation of your tires kills both your tread life and fuel economy so keeping your tires at the correct target pressure should always be a priority in the maintenance of your truck.
-Take advantage of technology. Inflating tires can be such a hassle but technology now exists to inflate tires at any trailing wheel position. Alongside the inflation systems are tire pressure monitoring systems, which admittedly will not inflate a tire for you, but they will alert you via a warning light when you have a tire going south on you.
-Switch to low-rolling-resistance tires. These tires offer several benefits for you if you maintain them. They generally have less tread rubber to squirm and wiggle away your fuel dollars, and the casing and rubber compounds are formulated for greater stiffness, which translates into less energy needed to keep them rolling.
-Keep tractors and trailers aligned. Tandem axle parallel disalignment is one of the largest contributing factors to fuel consumption on a vehicle and can eat up to 2% of your fuel just from being misaligned!
-Keep a tight reign on your vehicle speed. Speed kills just about everything on your vehicle, tread life, fuel economy, profits, etc. Tire rolling resistance becomes more of a factor at higher speeds, and speed is the single largest variable effecting fuel economy. Cutting your speed from just 65 to 55 can increase your tires’ life by 16%.
These tire life and fuel economy tips are courtesy of HG Logistics LLC, a third party logistics company and freight broker in Cincinnati, OH. For more information on HG Logistics, LLC, please contact our General Manager, Doug Bierman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.