CATEGORY 5 – FUEL

Fuel – Diesel, Gasoline, Natural Gas, etc. needed to operate your Motor Vehicle. This does not include fuel for Other Equipment such as fuel for refrigerated trailers.

What expense do you have when you purchase fuel?

* FUEL EXPENSE

To understand your Motor Vehicle’s fuel consumption there are three calculations that you need to perform.

1. Calculate your actual Miles Per Gallon All Activity (Calculate Monthly).  Your actual monthly miles per gallon will be lower than the amounts calculated for loaded and empty based on factors such as idling, driving in congested traffic and driving at higher speeds.

2. Calculate your over-the-road Miles Per Gallon Loaded (Calculate at least once a year).  We recommended that you perform this calculation when loaded with the heaviest weight that you typically haul.  We also recommend driving at the speed that optimizes your Motor Vehicle’s miles per gallon (typically between 65 to 73 mph).  Perform this calculation while operating on interstate or low traffic areas.

3. Calculate your over-the-road Miles Per Gallon Empty. (Calculate at least once a year).  We recommend that you perform this calculation with no cargo weight (truck with empty trailer).  We also recommend driving at the speed that  optimizes  your Motor Vehicle’s miles per gallon (typically between 65 to 73 mph).  Perform this calculation while operating on interstate or low traffic areas.  This will allow you to compare your Loaded and Empty Fuel Cost Per Mile .

Try to complete steps 2 and 3 within a few months of each other.  That is if you calculate your Loaded Miles Per Gallon in January try to complete your Empty Miles Per Gallon before April.

NOTE: Calculations 2 and 3 are not necessary for Motor Vehicles that operate locally.

The recommended calculations will result in a better understanding of your Motor Vehicle’s fuel consumption.  Below is the type of information you will learn.

1. My Motor Vehicle gets 6.0 miles per gallon all activity.
2. My Motor Vehicle gets 7.0 miles per gallon loaded (Highway).
3. My Motor Vehicle gets 7.5 miles per gallon empty (Highway).

How To Calculate Your Cost Per Mile (Printable PDF)

1. Fill your fuel tank(s)
2. Write down your odometer reading after fueling
3. Drive at least 150 Highway miles to next fuel stop
4. Write down your odometer reading before fueling
5. Fill your fuel tank(s) to determine the number of gallons used
6. Use the Truckerscost Miles Per Gallon Calculator to calculate miles per gallon

Learn Cost Reduction Tips

WHERE ARE YOU BUYING YOUR FUEL? – Using the internet to find the lowest fuel prices can reduce your overall fuel expense.  There are FREE websites that can provide you with this information.  Try On Route: at   TruckStopsOnline.  You will be directed away from our site when you click the link.   Let us know of any other FREE links.  Remember to use these common sense tips:  1)Don’t drive 20 miles out of route to save $.02 cents per gallon.  Avoid driving though congested areas for fuel.

SLOW DOWN!!!! – It is known that driving at a high rate of speed uses more fuel which results in lower miles per gallon.  For Example, if your vehicle gets 7 miles per gallon, and you purchase 250 gallons of fuel, you should be able to travel 1,750 miles.  If you drive at a high rate of speed, and you only get 6 miles per gallon you will only go 1,500 miles on that same fill-up.  Realize that you could have traveled 250 more miles before refueling!!  MAXIMIZE YOUR FUEL CONSUMPTION!!

CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE – Its simple.  PROPERLY inflated tires use less fuel.  Have you ever ridden or pushed a bicycle, lawn mower or anything that had low tire pressure?  Get the picture?

MINIMIZE IDLING – Remember the first example above.  EXCESSIVE idling uses up fuel when your not getting paid.

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