Given the outrageous cost of fuel nowadays, everyone wants to save cash by improving the fuel consumption of their vehicles. But where to start? Here’s five ways you can save on fuel.
Using the correct gear
Driving in the wrong gear wastes fuel so use the right gear for the right conditions. Don’t force your vehicle to struggle in top gear when you’re driving up a hill, and don’t stay in the lower gears when your car would obviously work more efficiently in a higher one. By maintaining a constant speed, vehicles save energy (and fuel); by avoiding regular deceleration, which also requires reacceleration, less fuel is required. Don’t rev the guts out of your car. It’s not cool and it’s a massive wastes of fuel too. If you own a high performance vehicle, it might be worth looking into some extra parts from companies like Pure Performance Motorsport , to assist with decreasing the mileage.
Your car might be spacious, but do you really need that sporting bag, cooler box, or sandbag cramming up your boot space? Your vehicle is not an additional storage, and additional weight equals additional fuel consumption, so it’s in your best interests to remove any unnecessary items. If it’s big and heavy, and you don’t need it on your trip, then leave it at home.
Keep the Proper Maintenance
Don’t wait until your get your six monthly letter of service from your local car repair man; simple maintenance is something you can do yourself in as little as five minutes. It all starts with inflating your tires and keeping your air filter clean. Under-inflated tyres not only increase the risk of handling, braking, and tread issues, they significantly increase your fuel mileage, with your car having to work harder to get them rolling. Keeping them inflated could improve your fuel life by as much as three percent. Furthermore, a clean air filter will improve your mileage by up to seven percent, and save you the $50 for new ones at your next car service.
Don’t be a drag
Spoilers may look cool, however they create additional drag and ruin your cars’ natural aerodynamics – particularly on higher speeds, as do roof racks – even more so when they’re poorly loaded. Driving along feeling the wind in your hair, with windows and sun-roof opened to the max, may make you feel good, but the impact on your fuel consumption is huge. Where possible – particularly when driving at higher speeds – keep the sun-roof closed and the windows up.
Reduce your air-con usage
This one’s hard to avoid in summer, especially if you live in one of the hotter states – but it’s estimated that fuel consumption rises by around 10 per cent when the air-con is cranked. If your car is like a furnace when you first get in, simply drive with the windows down for a few minutes before switching to the air-con. Don’t forget to wind the windows up when you switch the air-con on.
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