How to Improve Gas Mileage When Towing a Trailer

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Science doesn't lie. The heavier the load, the more engine power your tow vehicle needs to pull it—which means using more gas. Heavy-duty vehicles—or their attached trailers are not exactly known for being fuel-efficient, but there are some things you can do to increase your miles per gallon.

Lighten Your Load - You’re probably towing the bare essentials to begin with, but it doesn’t hurt to check if there is any unnecessary cargo in your trailer. For example, if you’re just transporting a vehicle, maybe some of the auxiliary items in your trailer are not needed, like bins or boxes of tools or supplies.

Reduce Your Speed – Driving at 55 miles per hour is a good habit to have. A recent study stated that every 5 miles per hour over 50 can end up costing an additional $0.20 per gallon. It goes without saying that when you carry a heavy load, safe stopping distances are even more crucial; driving slower is also safer.

Limit Stops/Traffic – While driving fast isn’t great for fuel economy, neither is a constant stop-and-go. Consider routes that have fewer stop lights or routes or travel times that have less chance of being caught in traffic.

Keep Up with Vehicle Maintenance – faulty emissions are the most common issue when it comes to preventable fuel economy woes. Dirty air filters and a poorly tuned engine can also reduce your mileage. It is also important to check your tire pressure.

Consider a Lighter Trailer/Diesel Engine - When you’re in the market for a new trailer, you could consider a lighter-weight model. Or if you’re looking for a new tow vehicle, keep in mind that diesel engines have better gas mileage.

If you’re towing a trailer, you’re already likely aware that gas prices add up—big vehicle plus the added weight—you know what you’re getting into. But with a few minor tweaks and paying attention to how and where you’re driving, you can save a bit here and there. 

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