Good maintenance pays for itself
Keep your truck or bus in good mechanical condition to save on fuel and operating costs over the long term. As a bare minimum, check:
- air, fluid and exhaust systems are free of leaks
- fluid condition and levels, including engine and transmission
- brake condition
- tyre pressure, wheel and axle alignment.
Lower rolling-resistance tyres
Heavy vehicle tyres designed and constructed specifically to reduce rolling resistance can improve fuel consumption by up to 5%, according to some manufacturers.
Check tyre pressure
Save fuel and make your tyres last longer by keeping all tyres correctly inflated. A 10 psi difference in an axle tyre’s pressure set can cause a 1-2 % increase in fuel use. Ask your tyre provider about devices to help you maintain tyre pressure and choose the one that suits you best.
Check wheels are aligned
Even a one degree misalignment on an axle set could increase fuel use by 5% and reduce the life of the tyre by as much as 25%. Watch for signs such as wear on the tyre shoulder, or uneven wear over the tyre tread.