January 18th, 2016 | Truck Driving

Although trucks (and the drivers behind the wheel) are the backbone of the U.S. economy, delivering millions of tons of goods each year can contribute a lot of unwanted emissions into the atmosphere. Whatever your stance on global warming, we can all agree that fewer emissions would make for much cleaner living overall. And if you plan to become an owner/operator after graduating from truck driving school in Phoenix, the less fuel you burn the more money you’ll earn. Here are some simple things truckers and trucking companies can do to improve fuel efficiency, reduce fuel intake, and contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

Slow Down

Delivering freight and transporting goods can be very time sensitive, but that doesn’t mean truck drivers should drive above the posted speed limit at any time. Reducing your speed by just a few miles per hour will not only keep you safe, but it will also save fuel and increase your mileage per tank—which means lower fuel costs and less total emissions.

Follow Your Route

When carrying a large load, any extra mileage above the intended route can cost the trucking company or the owner/operator serious money in fuel, and it can also have an impact on the environment due to the added emissions. To keep fuel consumption to a minimum, stick to your route and use a GPS system to avoid getting lost or taking shortcuts before you know where they will take you or where you’ll end.

Check Your Tires

Keeping your truck tires properly inflated won’t dramatically improve your truck’s fuel economy, but every little bit counts considering how much fuel truckers burn every day. Maintaining your tires can also help you get more miles out of each tire, which means you won’t need to buy newer tires as often and can help the environment in that way.   

Phoenix Truck Driving Institute can provide you with all the skills and knowledge needed to have a long and successful truck driving career, and that includes being a more efficiency driver. To learn more about the CDL training programs that start every other Monday, call our truck driving school toll-free at (877) 205-5372.