Increasing Fuel Efficiency With Smarter Tire Practices

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You can increase fuel efficiency through smarter tire practices

As a truck driver, you’re constantly looking for ways to increase your fuel efficiency. The different ways to accomplish this goal are many, with varying degrees of success.

One of the most sure-fire ways to get better fuel efficiency is to ensure you’re driving on the best possible tires. Follow the tips below and you should find your fuel costs diminishing significantly in no time flat.

Fuel-Efficient Tires

Getting the right tire at the right wheel position can improve fuel economy by several percentage points. About 13 percent of each gallon of fuel consumed goes solely to overcoming rolling resistance. That can vary by the load on the tire, the tread pattern and of course, inflation pressure. Various wheel positions have different impacts on fuel economy. With drive tires, traction and durability are higher on the list of priorities. But traction hasn’t really suffered in a significant way in the quest for lower rolling resistance, manufacturers say.

Wide-Base Singles, Carry a Spare
One of the big concerns with wide-base tires was the inability to “limp” to the nearest repair facility if you had a flat, as you could with a set of duals. Mesilla Valley Transportation designed a bracket to carry a spare, and bought the tires in quantity so they could get them at a lower cost.

Fuel-Efficient Duals or Wide-Base Singles?
Some fleets find wide-base single tires work best for improved fuel efficiency, while others prefer fuel-efficient duals. The basic advantage claimed by promoters of single tires is fewer sidewalls. Eliminating two sidewalls and bead areas by switching to wide-base singles can cut flex-related rolling resistance nearly in half. There are weight savings as well, something in the order of 800 pounds over four axles.

Evan Transportation Can Help You

Evan Transportation was founded in 1992 by Jerry Wolfarth, who at the time had over 25 years of experience in the trucking and transportation industry. The initial operation consisted of a few trucks and drivers who were dedicated and professional. The goal of the company was to provide excellent, dependable service.

If you need materials and products moved in the Mid-Atlantic region, contact Evan Transportation. We hire professional drivers with excellent driving records, and maintain a fleet of trailers and vehicles that are reliable and ready to roll.

Contact us today for all of your freight shipment needs or call us at 443-673-3365

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