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.

Checklist for buses [PDF 159KB](external link)

Checklist for trucks [PDF 172KB](external link)

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.