5 Ways to Save on MPG in Trucks this Holiday Season

As the King of Trucks around these parts, we definitely know how costly filling up your prized pickup truck can be. As you’re making your way to your favorite family member’s house across the state, or country this Holiday season, here are 5 ways to help you keep more money in your pockets 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. Ford Motor Co. recommends you changing your air filters every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. 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. Drive More Efficient

One of the number one ways to decrease how much full 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. Fuel savings average 5% when utilizing these habits combined. 

3. Make Sure You’re Utilizing the right Fuel

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. Right Tires? Are the Aligned and Inflated? Check! 

Another beauty of being a truck owner is the ability to customize your truck exactly how you want it. 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 Conservative! 

You know you drive a pickup truck right? :) Because of the usually larger engine that your beastly beauty 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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