In the first quarter of 2022, diesel prices have been influenced by current international conflicts, meaning there has been considerable fluctuation, where in December of last year it was at $3,612, while in March of this year it increased to $5,105, approximately, a 41% increase in the price per gallon.

In Mexico, last year it stood at 21.35 pesos, and in March it was 22.00 pesos, which represents an increase of 3.04% ≈ in the price per liter. Although the increase is not as considerable as in the United States since the government has subsidized most of it, it is still detrimental, as it implies an increase in rates, as well as other operational issues.

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So here are 8 practical fuel-saving tips:

  1. Truck maintenance: Although it sounds a little cliché, it is key, especially to verify that the tires are properly inflated, in addition to good engine maintenance, tuning it up (changing gas and air filters) at least every 6 months.
  2. Try not to lose momentum: Going uphill uses too much fuel. We recommend that when approaching a slope, you try to accelerate a little before reaching it and then ease off as you go up. 
  3. Hypermiling: This means using efficient driving techniques, such as planning a route that is as direct as possible, but that also requires the least amount of acceleration and braking.
  4. Set the cruise control: Set it with the speed that is most suitable for your truck's performance. However, this is recommended only when there are not too many vehicles on the road.
  5. Buy a bunk heater: Heating is one of the elements that consumes the most diesel, and we know how important the weather can be on the road. So, in case you have to use it, it is advisable to buy a bunk heater. It provides a pleasant temperature for the cabin when faced with low temperatures, and it is independent of the truck, only requiring batteries for its use (or a radiator, depending on the model). Therefore, it does not need the engine to remain on in order to acclimate the interior.
  6. Use anti-friction additives: This allows for a better flow between the metallic elements of the engine, thus reducing heating, and encouraging a better performance of miles per gallon.
  7. Use diesel additives: To improve the performance of the engine and its parts, leading to improved combustion, cleaning, and lubrication of the injectors. This results in a more complete fuel burn and better fuel mileage.
  8. Try to link your trips: Consider making round trips, rather than several short trips, as a warm engine is more efficient.

Although fuel volatility is always present, it is important to promote good fuel-saving practices to improve performance.

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