Good Driving Habits
Drive between 45-55 Km/H

Drive slow and steady. The faster you go, the more wind resistance your vehicle will face. If you go at speeds above 60 Km/H, you will waste petrol. Tests on Indian lorries prove that you can get up to 40 % extra mileage at 45-55 Km/H as against 80 Km/H.

Avoid accelerating or decelerating unnecessarily.
Avoid banking by anticipating stops and curves well in advance.
Tests show that a reduction in speed leads to no appreciable rise in commuting time. Much less than what most people think.

Keep your engine healthy lorryguru_new car

Tests on a large number of lorries prove that you can save as much as 6% by tuning your lorry regularly. If your engine emits black smoke, has poor pulling power or consumes large quantities of oil, get it checked immediately at a reputed garage. A delay, may prove more expensive in terms of petrol and oil as compared to the cost of an overhaul.

Use of bi-metallic spark plugs saves over 1.5% fuel and reduces exhaust emissions too. Get your lorry serviced at every 5000 kms.

lorryguru_ driving habits2 Drive in the Correct Gear

Incorrect gear shifting can lead to as much as 20% increase in fuel consumption. Start your lorry in the 1st gear only, except if you are in a muddy patch or going downhill then engage the 2nd gear.

For city driving, change to a higher gear when you are sure the engine will not struggle. Get into top gear as soon as possible.
Use same gear for uphill and downhill journey.
It is advisable to follow the manufacturer's recommendation.

Don't wait for your lorry to warm up lorryguru_Driving Habits3

Instead, drive in low gear till the engine warms up. Use choke briefly only when necessary.

At 10°C and below, your fuel consumption per kilometer doubles when you make trips of 5 kms or less. So combine trips.
Do not park a lorry so that you have to reverse with a cold engine This will consume more fuel.
Install engine-heating system (in cold regions) in your lorry if it does not have one.

lorryguru_Driving Habits4 Good Braking Habits

Stop-and-go driving wastes fuel. When you slam on the brakes, a lot of useful energy is wasted in the form of heat. A good driver always anticipates stops.

Test wheels for free rotation when your lorry is being serviced. Binding of brakes restricts free wheel movement and the engine consumes more petrol in order to overcome resistance.
Check wheel alignment at regular intervals.

Keep your Foot off the Clutch lorryguru_Driving Habits5

Use clutch only when you change gears. Riding the clutch causes loss of energy and damages clutch-linings.

Use your handbrake when stopped on an upgrade and don’t forget to release it when restarting.
Don’t manipulate the clutch and accelerator to stay stationary because it wastes fuel.

lorryguru_Driving Habits6 Clean Air Filter Regularly

Air filter prevents dust from Fouling the engine. Dust causes rapid wear of engine components and increases fuel consumption.

Cylinder bores wear out 45 times faster in engines without air-cleaners
Clean air filters at every time-up.

Watch Your Tyre Pressure lorryguru_Driving Habits7

Under inflated tyres increase rolling resistance, which leads to higher petrol consumption.

Tests show that a 25% decrease in tyre pressure can cost you 5-10% more on petrol and 25% on tyre life.
Use radial tyres for 3-7% fuel economy, longer tyre life and greater riding comfort.

lorryguru_Driving Habits10 When you stop your lorry, stop engine

Always keep your lorry ready to start. Keep the battery, dynamo, self-starter and fan-belt in good condition. This will ensure a quick start whenever you need it.

Switch off the engine at stops of over 2 minutes.

Use the Recommended grade of oil lorryguru_Driving Habits11
Check the lorry manual and oil manufacturer’s recommendations, before using any particular grade of oil. Always use multi-grade oil equivalent to SPCC/SGCC type for added benefits.
Engine oil that is thicker than the recommended oil can cause 2% increase in fuel consumption.
Change oil filter along with engine oil.

lorryguru_Driving Habits12 Plan Your Route

Rush hour, or stop-and-go traffic, can waste fuel excessively. You will get more mileage from each litre if you take a less congested route, even though it is slightly longer.

Fuel consumption in a highly congested road can be double the normal.

Reduce Loads lorryguru_Driving Habits13

Unnecessary loads increase fuel consumption. Do you really need to carry the luggage rack?

A reduction of weight by 50 kg can lead up to 2% saving in fuel, when driving in the city. Remember that overhead racks increase wind resistance leading to higher fuel consumption.

lorryguru_Driving Habits14 Share Your lorry-for lorry pools

Look for people who go in the same direction as you. You can share your lorry and the costs.

Plan Your Trips lorryguru_Driving Habits15
Before you start on a trip, ask yourself two questions:
Is this trip really essential?
Can I combine this trip with other trips in the same direction?

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