Though Pro-TREAD is better known as a company that trains drivers to be safer, we have a number of courses that help fleets improve operations. Fuel savings tips, like the ones offered in our newly revamped Fuel Management course, is a great example. The course covers tire inflation, idling, accelerating from a stop, progressive shifting, driving in town, cruise control, hills, engine braking and more.
Below, you'll find a quick video preview of the section of the course on progressive shifting. This simple change adds up to big savings: just by shifting at progressively higher RPMs, drivers use the momentum of the truck to keep the acceleration going without burning a lot of fuel.
And of course, the truth is that safer drivers do have better MPG. Giving your drivers fuel savings tips and training them to operate more safely adds up with huge savings for your fleet. The math is simple: a 1 percent improvement in MPG for a truck that drives 100,000 miles a year translates into 200 gallons of diesel, or about $700 a year. And the fleet mentioned in the add below achieved a 2.3 percent improvement in MPG by training drivers in both fuel management and road rage (a common cause for gunning it off the line or having to jam on the brakes and then reaccelerate).