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Truckers: 3 Signs That You’re Spending Too Much On Diesel Fuel

As a truck driver, you probably know just how much it costs to pay for fuel for your rig. Whether you work for a trucking company or are an owner-operator, you could probably benefit from cutting costs on fuel so that you can keep more money in your or your employer’s pocket.

Unfortunately, a lot of truckers out there spend more on diesel fuel than they should. These are a few signs that you could make some changes in order to cut costs and save a significant amount of money.

1. You Pay With a Debit Card

Your debit card might be great for paying for a lot of things, but it isn’t the best option when buying fuel for your rig. If you or your employer haven’t already done so, consider signing up for fuel rewards credit cards from your favorite chains. These cards often offer perks when you spend a certain amount on fuel. Contact a professional fuel distributor, like United Oil, to see if they offer reward cards. If these cards aren’t an option, even a regular business credit card that offers cash back or other rewards can be a better choice than paying with cash or debit.

2. You Aren’t Using a Fuel Saving App

There are a few applications that you can install on your smartphone or other device that can help you save money on fuel. These apps use the GPS feature on your phone to track your location and give you tips about fuel prices at various truck stops and gas stations along your route. With a quick glance, you can make the best choice about where to stop to re-fill.

3. You Speed

Speeding isn’t just bad because of the possible fines that can go along with it. Speeding also causes your rig to use a lot more fuel. There is a study that points out that for every five miles per hour that you travel over 65, your rig loses 7 percent of its fuel efficiency. This means that it’s always best to follow the posted speed limit; along with saving money on fuel, you’ll also help prevent getting in an accident or getting a ticket.

Diesel fuel can be very expensive for even casual drivers, and you probably use a lot of it if you are in the truck driving business. Fortunately, there are ways that you can save, so if you are making any of these mistakes, now is the time to make some changes so that you can reduce your fuel-related costs.