This means you. MPG
is very sensitive to how you drive. If you drive like tony Stewart, expect crummy MPG
. Drive like grandpa, and you probably get good MPG
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This encompasses all the tricks. This is the guy that routinely get 34 MPG
from new Ford truck. 47 MPG
from his Ranger. 100+ from a first-generation Honda Insight. Nobody else drives like this, and the link was written mainly for hybrid jockies. But there is a lot you can take for your use.
Much of it is not new. Accelerate as gently as possible. Coast where you can. These trucks can coast a long, long way if you are not pressed. Stay off the brakes if you can. You’ve already paid for that momentum – use it.
The older guys remember the horror of the 55 MPH speed limit of the 70s and 80s. It was the most widely hated piece of legislation since the Vollsted Act. But give the devil his due. Driving 70 imposes double aerodynamic load on your truck than does 55. At highway speeds (all else being equal) aero load is about 70% of the road load.
On the Turbo Diesel Registry, there was a Dodge Cummins jockey who claimed better than 30 MPG
on his one-ton Dodge. I’m not surprised when he said he never drove over 40 MPH.
To maintain fidelity with the average Joe pickup driver, I drive the posted limit.
A couple of tricks peculiar to these trucks:
Maybe somebody else noticed it first, but Dave Lott pointed out to me that keeping the EGT
under 600 degrees is a path to good MPG
. I’ve found that works. It is easy money for me with my 6-speed, but automatic guys can do it with some practice.
Unless load and grade prevent it, 6-speed guys can upshift at 1300 RPM indicated on your dash tach. The lower engine speed you shift at the better.