5 Ways to Save in Fuel on Trucks this Holiday Traveling Season


As the dubbed “People’s Truck, we here at Dodge definitely know all too well just how costly filling up our prized pickup trucks can be.  And as you’re making your way across the state, or country this Holiday season, here are 5 ways to help you keep more money in your pockets not spent on fueling up your truck to enjoy your trip with.

1. Replace your Air Filters and Oxygen Filters Before You Hit the Road

Besides always maintaining a proper maintenance schedule on your beastly beauty, you should definitely take the time out to replace your oxygen sensors and air filters on your truck. Studies show that a dirty air filter can result in as much as a 10% loss in your gas mileage.  YourMechanic.com recommends you changing your air filters every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. But, always consult your truck’s owner’s manual to find the exact manufacturer’s maintained schedule to learn when to change out your truck’s air filter. You can also save as much as 40% in your mileage by replacing your oxygen sensors. Oxygen sensors normally last somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 miles.


2. Be More Careful with Your Driving

 A number one way to control how much fuel economy you get out of your truck is how you drive it. Frequent stopping & breaking and driving at high speeds in your truck all drastically reduces the miles per gallon you can get from it. Try using your cruise control more often on longer trips to help with frequent stopping and acceleration for a nice smooth ride. Slowing down when you can will also help. Consumers can experience savings average 5% when utilizing these habits combined. 

3.  Make Sure You’re Using the right Fuel for Truck

There is absolutely a reason for fuel recommendations on your truck. Make sure to consult your pickup truck’s owner’s manual to learn exactly what type of gas you should be using for it. Using the recommended type of gas provides the best fuel mileage at the most practical cost specifically related to your vehicle. Also using the right engine oil in your truck will assist in improving your MPG. If you aren’t already doing so, try using synthetic motor oil which aids in your overall engines performance especially during warmer temperatures and from cold starts.


4. Are you using the Right Tires? Are they aligned and inflated? Check!

The ability to customize your truck exactly how you want it is another beauty and luxury of being a truck owner. BUT, sometimes some of those modifications can hurt the fuel economy of your pickup and tires can be one of them. While you’re in the process of selecting the additional add-ons etc. of your trucks make sure you take in consideration of what tires are best from your truck. For instance, if you do mostly street driving and although an off-road enthusiasts at heart, you probably shouldn’t opt for the mud terrain tires versus the all-terrain tires. As utilizing the wrong tires can drastically hurt your gas mileage numbers. Another factor that plays a huge role in your MPG capabilities are your tire alignments. Before hitting the road make sure to have your trucks alignment checked out, even if you don’t notice it. Trucks out of alignment allow more rolling resistance to occur which results in more fuel to flow down to the road and not your truck. And of course, you won’t be getting too far without properly inflated tires. Maintaining the proper tire pressure in your vehicle can result in up to 3% in gas savings.

5.  Be more Conservative!

Because of the usually larger engine that your automotive powerhouse provides, it also demands a lot more gas than the average car driver and you’re going to have to start being conservative if you want to get the best gas mileage out of it. This means, using the AC as least as possible, as air conditioning makes your truck utilize more fuel. So turn it off when you can and use your windows or sun roof (if you have one) as often as possible. Turning off your truck when you can also help to improve your MPG saving efforts. Try avoiding drive-thru’ s as much as possible and when stuck in traffic, try shutting off your truck when you can. Planning your trips ahead of time aid in efficiently and fuel savings. Knowing that traffic and being idle kills your gas mileage, use GPS methods to help avoid congested and high traffic areas with repeated stand still traffic. Lastly, don’t hall stuff if you don’t need to. You will definitely improve your gas mileage by reducing your load. Improve your fuel economy on your truck by removing unnecessary weight from your cargo area and truck bed.

Happy Traveling!


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