Farm Guide VIC : 2014-15
70 Automotive O – operate the vehicle within the green zone. Keep your revs low and below the red line. This ensures you’re not using unnecessary fuel and will minimise wear and tear on your engine. M – maintain your vehicle. A well-maintained vehicle always performs better than a poorly serviced one. While it may seem like an obvious tip for some, for others it is something that gets pushed to the side when funds are tight. By driving efficiently you can also save on your vehicle’s maintenance costs as you won’t need to replace parts as often. Make sure you follow your log book and maintain your service schedule. Y – your top speed should be constant. It’s important to maintain a steady speed to avoid unnecessary braking and accelerating, which will reduce your fuel consumption. While this can be difficult for some farmers, due to changing road conditions and travelling on unsealed roads, it is relatively easy to monitor. Cruise control is a great tool but should only be used on level roads, which isn’t always the case in rural areas. It’s not only important to keep your speed constant, but where possible drive at a lower speed. If you reduce your average speed, you may also reduce your fuel consumption. Narrogin farmer, Geoff Davies, who recently purchased a new truck, is reaping the benefits of economical driving and saving on his bottom line. “I run a small farm and have been delivering hay across the region for the last 25 years,” he said. “Our regular run is 380 kilometres, so it’s important for me to keep my operating costs down by driving efficiently. “We’ve reduced our fuel consumption by 10 litres per round trip thanks to our new truck which has 40% more horsepower and 40% more carrying capacity. “T he truck that has allowed us to save on our fuel spend and transport more hay, making it a more profitable trip while still being compact and versatile enough to drive through confined spaces when required.” One misconception drivers have is that turning your air-conditioner off dramatically decreases fuel efficiency. This isn’t always the case though. When you wind down your windows your vehicle becomes less aero dynamic and will use more fuel. Fuel and maintenance costs are significant expenses that can be controlled by any business to reduce overall costs. By educating drivers to operate their truck efficiently and safely you will reap the benefits. Article kindly provided by UD Trucks.