Food Truck Guide: Reducing Fuel Consumption


Having a food truck is much more than just cruising around the city and feeding the masses. Your restaurant is on wheels and has an engine, so a major component of running a successful food truck is maintaining your vehicle. Treat it like you would your car. Here’s a look at some maintenance, fuel, and repair tips for your food truck, courtesy of One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment.

In order to bring your product to your customers, you’ve got to fuel up. Gas is going to be one of your biggest overheads. The average food truck owners spends between $250 and $500 a month on gasoline. Since fuel prices fluctuate throughout the year, it’s difficult to gauge how much money to set aside. But unless your food truck is lucky enough to have a permanent spot, you have to account for gasoline prices.

While it’s impossible to control and predict gas prices, there are some ways to help decrease your fuel consumption:

• Have regular maintenance completed. If you keep your truck tuned up, you’ll use less fuel. In order to maximize your gas mileage, be sure that your food truck’s wheels are aligned.

• Frequently revving and braking lowers your gas mileage, so consider using cruise control on the highway to cut fuel costs. You can also save fuel by driving slowly. Keep it under 55 and your fuel consumption will decrease.

• Maintain the proper tire inflation pressure so that less energy and fuel is consumed while driving the truck.

• It’s sounds obvious, but taking the shortest route to a location will save you fuel. use an online mapping website and plan your route appropriately. Avoid high-traffic areas.

• Shop around for the best gas prices in your area.

• It’s tough in a state like Florida, but using your air conditioner less can help you save fuel. Use your vents when you can.

• Synthetic oil to keep the engine (and generators, etc) operating at full efficiency and with less friction, which can keep heat down and less friction also means better MPG.  And with the junk gas and ethanol puts out, a good fuel treatment to keep the injectors clean.  As that junk gas starts to plug up the injectors, they don’t vaporize the fuel into the cylinder efficiency, sometime even plugging completely up, which then does not burn as efficiently, causes poor MPG and performance.  Amsoil makes an excellent oil and fuel treatment.

Just like with dieting, reducing your fuel consumption takes discipline. Stick to the program and get in the routine of following the steps above and you will notice the difference.

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