Fuel Saving Tips
With the gas prices increasing around the world, here are some of the tips which can assist you in fuel saving.
1. Get it Checked:
Get your car serviced regularly by a recognized garage. Modern day engines are complicated pieces of machinery which need to be well maintained. The costs spent here in the short term are easily recouped in the long term.
2. Tire Inspection:
Check your tires at least once a month to ensure they are inflated to the correct pressure. Even tires which are only slightly under inflated can noticeably increase fuel costs. Check the pressure when the tires are still warm after a short drive, cold tires can give a false low pressure reading.
3. Lose Weight:
Carrying unnecessary weight reduces efficiency. Remove all unnecessary weight such as golf clubs, push chairs, tool boxes etc. when they are not needed. Also remove roof racks, cycle racks, storage boxes etc. when they are not being used as they affect the aerodynamics.
4. Hot & Cold:
Try not to waste fuel by warming the car before a journey. A warm engine is however, more efficient than a cold one, where possible try and carry out all your trips in succession so that the engine does not get cold between stops.
5. Plan Ahead:
Take time to plan your journeys to avoid congestion. Ensure you know exactly where you are going, getting lost can be a very costly error in terms of wasted fuel. Finally plan your day’s trips so that you avoid unnecessary duplication of the same journey.
6. Slow Down:
Reducing your average speed by just a few MPH can have noticeable effect on your fuel consumption and your wallet. Driving at 60 KM/H uses 9% more fuel than driving at 50 KM/H.
Cruising at 70 KM/H uses a staggering 25% more fuel than driving at 60 KM/H.
7. Nice and Easy does it:
The majority of drivers could save a significant amount of fuel by reading the road that lies ahead, slowing earlier for traffic lights etc., thus avoiding unnecessary acceleration, heavy braking and then acceleration while pulling away again.
If your car is parked or stationary for more than 3 minutes, switch off the engine to save fuel. It also reduces the pollution and save the environment. Modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they are re-started without pressing the accelerator.
Possibly the best fuel efficient tip is to drive more ‘gently,’ avoiding harsh acceleration and using the gearbox to gain a higher gear more quickly. Where possible change up before reaching 2,500 rpm (petrol) 2,000 rpm (diesel).
Most newer cars have a fuel consumption monitor, normally displayed in mpg which constantly monitors driving efficiency. Try to improve the figure shown on every trip. It can become quite addictive to try and increase the mpg shown.
8. Keep Your Cool:
Most modern cars are fitted with air conditioning. To reduce demand on the engine, switch the air conditioning off when it is not required. However, Harmful bacteria can build up if the air conditioning is left off for long periods of time, which can be costly to repair. To avoid this ensure the system is used for several minutes at least every couple of weeks.
Although opening the windows may reduce the need to use air conditioning, it can prove to be counter-productive when driving at fast speeds, as it increases the ‘drag’ on the car thus outweighing the fuel saving. Keep windows and sun roofs closed on faster roads.
9. Exploring for fuel:
The cost of fuel can vary greatly between suppliers. If however, it requires an extra journey to save a few dollars per litre there may not be an overall saving in money. Try to remember where the best deals are and fill up when you are passing rather than making a separate journey.
10. A bit drastic:
If you are able to avoid just one journey each week by walking, cycling or taking public transportation the saving of money at the end of the year could be substantial.