Given the ever-rising high cost of gasoline and the fact that buses are probably among the most expensive vehicles on the road, it’s time to think about how to optimize or improve fuel efficiency of your bus fleet.
Maintaining fuel efficiency in a school bus isn’t just about replacing old components with new ones—there are multiple factors that can affect the efficiency of your bus.
You can do a lot to help your bus run more efficiently. Here are seven ways to help you keep your school bus running smoothly.
Properly maintaining your fleet’s tires is crucial to increasing the fuel economy of your vehicles. You can get properly inflated tires, commonly used for commercial trucking applications, that work just as well for school buses, and you can even get ribbed drive axle tires, which provide better fuel economy than lugged tires. By keeping your tires aligned, you can avoid under-inflated tires, which reduce your fuel economy and cause premature tire wear.
Are you the type of driver that like to rest your right foot on the brake? If so, it’s time to learn a trick or two to improve fuel efficiency. Do you know that by placing your right foot on the brake is not only a bad practice but it will also lead to premature brake wear.
In addition to that, don’t accelerate or decelerate abruptly. This will stress your engine and cause it to wear out prematurely.
A good oil filter is critical to proper engine function and longevity. Your vehicle may come with a synthetic oil filter, but don’t shy away from the more familiar, premium options. A superior oil filter only improves the life of your engine and protects it from contaminants in the oil.
Many buses use the wrong air pressure which causes premature tire wear. This can be very dangerous for the driver and everyone else on the road. Therefore, it’s very important to check your tire pressure at least once every month. You can get a tire gauge from any auto parts store.
Most people don’t think about the gas cap as something that can cause a problem. But a missing or broken gas cap can be a real issue. You’re losing valuable driving miles and letting harmful fumes escape that are harming the environment if you let them. The check engine light can come on if the gas cap is involved. So a periodically check will ensure that not to happen.
To improve fuel efficiency and run your vehicle at peak efficiency, you must do what the owner’s manual recommends. These tasks include changing the oil and using the right type of oil, cleaning the air filter, and replacing the spark plugs and other recommended parts. You can do some of these maintenance tasks yourself if you have the right tools. It’s also important to use the recommended parts, if you can’t find the right parts, consider using aftermarket or OE parts for your buses.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
If you don’t know the best path to take, then modern navigation systems (GPS) allow you to choose the path based on fuel efficiency. Even if the new route adds a minute or two to your daily commute, the savings could quickly add up. You also want to avoid traveling on highly congested roads because frequent stopping will decrease your fuel more quickly. The additional stopping and moving requires more energy from the vehicle that will wear off your bus parts more.
As you can see, there are numerous ways to improve fuel economy . Whether it is making tiny adjustments in driver behavior, or taking care of your bus parts will lead to overall fuel saving that increase your bus mileage.