5 Tips to Save on Fuel – Class A CDL Lease Drivers

As a CDL A lease operator and business owner, it is crucial to know how to read and understand your settlements and finances. Knowing your weekly fixed and variable cost is essential when operating any business, large or small, and will play a key role in your success. Fuel is just one variable cost that can take a significant chunk out of your profits.

Here are some tips to help you save money on fuel: 

1. Monitor Your Speed 

As a commercial truck driver, you must follow posted speed limits, but driving at excessive speeds can lead to a decrease in fuel economy. Maintaining a consistent speed can save money on fuel and avoid costly speeding tickets. Additionally, using cruise control when possible can help you maintain a steady speed and improve fuel efficiency. 

2. Minimize Idle Time 

Idling consumes fuel without any forward movement from your vehicle, which can significantly increase your fuel costs over time. Reduce idle time by turning off your engine when making stops or waiting long periods. This also reduces unnecessary engine wear and tear.

3. Invest in Quality Tires 

Keeping your truck's tires in good condition is necessary for safety and fuel efficiency. Properly inflated and balanced tires can significantly improve your vehicle's fuel economy, which means you'll save money on fuel costs. Be sure to check your tires regularly and replace them when they become worn or damaged. 


4. Perform Regular Maintenance 

Maintaining your diesel engines and other truck components is essential for safety and fuel efficiency. We recommend that our lease drivers regularly change oil and filters, maintain their vehicle's air pressure, and perform other necessary maintenance tasks.

  • Daily vehicle inspections including pre-trip and post-trip
  • Repairs that you can do yourself will save money.
  • Go through your road assist advisor for all repairs.
  • Keep annual inspections current.
  • Know your required preventative maintenance.
  • Utilize Ashley shops when possible.

5. Plan Your Route

Route optimization is crucial for long-haul trucking. Drivers can plan their routes and schedules to minimize idle time and optimize their fuel efficiency by utilizing their electronic logs effectively. Planning will help you avoid traffic congestion, construction zones, inclement weather, and other obstacles that can lead to increased fuel consumption.

When evaluating offered plans, there are several things to consider

  • What area of the country are you in?
  • Where is the proposed load heading?
  • What is the rate?
  • How much time will you have invested in the load?
  • Is the rate competitive for the area you are located in?

Remember, you are a small business owner. To be successful, it is essential to review, understand, and reconcile your settlement WEEKLY. A little bit of maintenance and careful route planning can go a long way in the trucking industry, where fuel costs can significantly impact profits.

Now Go Out There and Save! 

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