Maintenance for heavy business vehicles

Improved fuel economy and reduced operating costs are the paybacks for maintaining your work vehicles.

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.