Gas prices are rising and not showing any sign of falling. It’s a battle that diesel and gas truck drivers have been fighting for years. With most trucks getting an average of 13 miles to the gallon, they are getting hurt much worse than those hybrid and Subaru drivers.
Even though trucks get much less mileage there are things both great and small that can have a positive impact on your mileage. Things like installing a tuner or module, like we talked about in the last issue. Besides those, you can install a bed cover, a new exhaust, air intake, gears, and use a fuel additive. These products combine their efforts to improve your truck’s gas mileage and pass the savings into your pocket book.
One of the easiest and quickest ways to improve gas mileage is by installing a truck bed cover. Science proves that gas mileage is affected by a number of factors – drag being one of them. A bed cover limits the amount of aerodynamic drag acting on your truck; by streamlining your vehicle with a bed cover, your gas mileage may improve by as much as 10 percent. Most people will see at least a one mile per gallon increase. That might not sound like a lot, but over a period of time it adds up.
The next thing we recommend installing would be a new exhaust. A new exhaust will help reduce back pressure, allowing your engine to have less working load and use less fuel; thus getting better mileage, lowering your EGTs, and improving your overall air flow.
Installing a new air intake can actually improve your fuel economy. An air intake brings cooler air into the engine which allows it to run cooler, smoother and burn less fuel.
Adding a lower gear ratio will increase your fuel economy. For example, if you went to a numerically lower gear ratio, your gear shaft would make fewer revolutions to make the tire do the same speed. The fewer revolutions to get the same speed, the less RPMs and the less RPMs means less fuel consumption. Keep in mind your vehicle’s power band. If you lug, you’ll get worse fuel economy.
Fuel Additives & Synthetics
Another easy way to get better fuel economy is by using fuel additives and synthetics. They’ll keep your car running at peak economical performance between services and reduce fuel consumption. There are many fuel additives on the market like diesel conditioners, valve savers, injector cleaners, and oil stabilizers, as well as quality synthetic oils, and they all work together to help your engine run at it’s best.
Mo’ Money, Mo’ Mileage
With these new additions to your truck you’ll see an increase in mileage and an increase in money in your pocket book. So fight high gas prices this year by installing a bed cover, a new exhaust, air intake, gears, and use a fuel additive.