When Scania recently asked for tips on how to save fuel, the fans on the Scania Group Facebook page were keen to share their ideas. Their enthusiasm and their knowledge underscore the fact that the driver is the single most important factor for fuel economy.
“What’s your best tip for fuel-efficient driving?” That question was recently posted on Scania Group’s Facebook page, garnering many responses from all over the world. Magnus Andersson, product manager for Scania Driver Training with vast experience in driver coaching, comments on the comments.
Some advice of the advice given is easy to follow, for example:
Murray Wood, London, United Kingdom:
“Don’t idle the engine unnecessarily.”
John-Ivar Mortensen, Drammen, Norway:
“Well, if you drive at 80 km/h instead of 90, you save a lot of fuel and money.”
Piyaphot Duangngoen, Bangkok, Thailand:
“Lift your foot off of the accelerator to let the truck roll when you have a chance, and don’t forget to check tyre pressure.”
The comments also included tips for how companies and fleet owners can help to improve fuel efficiency.
David Hyde, Dublin, Ireland:
“If your company is concerned about saving fuel, they should teach you how to do it!”
Magnus Andersson notes that “Scania has gained valuable knowledge from more than 30 years of teaching experienced drivers to become excellent drivers in its driver training programmes.”
Keep an eye on the revs
One commentor highlighted another area for efficient driving:
“In a Scania R 730, use Scania Opticruise and shift gears between 1,000–1,350 r/min. It’s enough because it has a powerful engine.”
“That is correct,” says Magnus Andersson. “Whenever possible, use the engine power and employ the low-rev philosophy.”
Road safety and maintenance
Other commenters took a wider perspective.
Mohammed Zulkernain suggested:
“Drive in a convoy to reduce air drag.”
“This is true, but don’t forget that road safety is more important than saving fuel,” Magnus Andersson cautions.
In addition, Luis Andrade from Cairo, Egypt identified yet another way of helping to reduce environmental impact:
“It’s important to practice preventative maintenance on the engine, and use a clean air filter.”