How Many Miles Does A Semi Typically Last?
The trucking industry forms a significant part of the United States economy. In 2017, it was estimated to have generated over $700 billion. It also provides full-time jobs to about 5.8% of the American population.
It is estimated that about 75% of the American population depends solely on deliveries made by more than the 5 million commercial trucks on its roadways.
An average semi-truck can cover as much as 125,000 miles every year. This translates to more than 3 million miles for the average truck driver’s career. On average truckers throughout the United States cover as much as 200 billion miles.
Compared to car engines, semi-truck engines offer 800,000 more miles. This is because they are built to keep running and withstand the wear and tear that comes with it. On the downside, semi-trucks are also heavy fuel consumers.
There’s no definitive answer as to the number of miles covered by a full tank as this depends on such factors as the size of the fuel tank, the truck’s speed, the load being hauled, and the kind of road it’s traveling on, among others.
If you are an owner or the manager of a trucking company, you may be aware that the second most recurring cost is fuel. Labor costs take up the first slot. Regular maintenance is an effective way of increasing a truck’s fuel efficiency.
Compromised or contaminated oil could also lead to higher than normal fueling costs. Luckily, this problem can easily be solved by ensuring that your trucks only fuel in certified CFN locations.
You can also ask your drivers to avoid quick accelerations, unnecessary idling, and ensure that the tire pressure is what is recommended. Investing in all-weather tires also improves your truck’s fuel efficiency. However, beware of bigger tires as their result could be counterintuitive.