Whether you are into Cummings performance, Duramax performance or Powerstroke performance or just diesel performance in general, with the economy and fuel prices the way they are we are all looking to save a little money at the pump. Diesel Power Magazine recently ran an interesting article talking about 35 ways that International recommends to increase diesel fuel mileage.
- Break In Those Tires – A worn tire is about 7% more efficient than a new tire. The break-in period for tires is between 35,000 and 50,000 miles.
- Check Your PSI – Every 10 PSI that a tire is under inflated reduces fuel economy by 1%.
- Know Your Tire Facts – Tires make the biggest difference in mpg below 50 mph. Aerodynamics is the most important factor over 50 mph.
- An Idle Mind – idle time is costly. Every hour of idle time in a long-haul operation can decrease fuel efficiency by 1%.
- Check Your Speed – Above 55 mph, each 1-mph increase in vehicle speed decreases economy by 0.1 mpg.
Now, you didn’t think we would give you all of these fuel saving tips all at once did you? You might notice we didn’t try to sell you on any of our diesel performance products in this first post, that is because these first tips can be performed with things that you already have, minus the discipline to drive 55 everywhere you go. So your homework assignment over the next few days is to apply these principles and check your increase. Then come back for more tips.