• March 1, 2024

    How to Maximize Your Fuel Efficiency

    Due to unfavorable economic conditions in the trucking industry, fleets are doing everything in their power to increase their fuel efficiency. Whether you’re a trucker or a fleet owner, these tips we compiled might help you save up on fuel expenses and become more efficient!

    1. Take lighter loads

    Heavy loads exert significant strain on your engine, causing your truck to consume much more fuel than usual. Consider taking on lighter loads by communicating with your dispatcher or searching load boards yourself.

    1. Use cruise control

    Cruise control will help you maintain a consistent speed, thus regulating fuel consumption. However, it’s important to note that using cruise control can be unsafe in certain circumstances, especially in traffic jams or on icy roads.

    1. Reduce idle time

    Truckers idle for approximately 1.800 hours annually, and this idling time uses up around 1.500 gallons of diesel! To decrease these additional fuel costs, try to minimize idle time by choosing less congested routes and turning off the engine when taking a break or waiting for a delivery.

    1. Check tire pressure

    Underinflated tires can increase rolling resistance, leading to higher fuel consumption. Invest in a quality tire pressure gauge and ensure tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended levels.

    1. Don’t speed

    Driving at high speeds significantly increases fuel consumption. Maintain a steady, moderate pace within the speed limit to optimize fuel efficiency.

    1. Be gentle with the pedals

    Sudden acceleration and harsh braking waste a lot of energy and fuel. Anticipate traffic flow and keep your distance from other vehicles to avoid such unnecessary maneuvers.

    1. Maintain your truck

    Regular maintenance is essential for optimal fuel economy. Keep up with scheduled maintenance tasks such as oil changes, filter replacements, and engine tune-ups. A well-maintained truck operates more efficiently and consumes less fuel.

    For more useful tips and the latest updates from the trucking industry, make sure to follow AAA Freight’s Facebook page. Our vast trucking community is waiting for you on our social media profiles!

    June 6, 2024
    Starting the Journey: Guide for New Truck Drivers

    Congratulations on earning your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)! We know the journey to obtaining it wasn’t easy, and you deserve to feel proud of this great achievement. But now that you have your CDL, you might be asking yourself the good ol’ question: “So what now?”  Starting your trucking career comes with a range of […]

    May 24, 2024
    Survive the Scorch: Summer Semi-Truck Maintenance Tips

    Summer is here, and that means it's time to ensure your trucks are ready to handle the heat. As temperatures rise, so do the challenges for keeping vehicles in optimal condition. But fear not, because we've got you covered with some essential summer semi-truck maintenance tips to keep your wheels rolling: Check Your Cooling System […]

    April 24, 2024
    Why (Not) to Self-Dispatch

    When the market goes down, having a good dispatcher to pick the best loads for you can make a difference. But if your dispatcher is not experienced enough and cannot help you earn more, you might find yourself in a tough financial situation quickly. This is the reason why many truckers have chosen to dispatch […]



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