Good maintenance saves fuel
High fuel prices are now forcing transport businesses to take every possible cost-cutting measure. The most important component is naturally the driver, coupled with driving plans that prevent unnecessary vehicle operation. But right after these factors comes the vehicle itself and its condition.
A well-maintained vehicle has lower fuel consumption than one that has not been serviced, so it is smarter to invest in more maintenance instead of trying to save money in this area. For example, a dirty air filter is already enough to increase fuel consumption, as is an over-actuated compressor maintaining brake and suspension air pressure. The air conditioning system works best when the filters are clean and there is enough refrigerant. Worn belt rollers turn less efficiently and increase fuel consumption. The list is a long one, but a vehicle that has been properly tuned with new servicing parts will operate at optimal efficiency with a potentially substantial reduction in fuel consumption.
News has come in from several sources concerning problems in the supply of various spare parts. BussiPro has an exceptionally wide international supplier network that has proved a splendid resource in recent times. If we can’t get a part from one supplier, then we’ll get something similar from elsewhere. Seldom are the times when we come up empty from all sources.