With changing times, it is really difficult to imagine life without a car for the commute. Whether it is long distance or short, a car is a luxury and a very comfortable alternative for going to places in private fast and efficiently. However, it is also true that like all good things it comes with a cost. Cost, in the form of fuel which may dig a hole in your pockets unless you take care about fuel efficiency or you decide to go green with electric and eco-friendly options.
Fuel efficiency does help in cost-saving and there is a direct connection between mileage and the frequency of maintenance services. Here is a list of things put together that will help you to car fuel economy-boosting not only the fuel costs but also help reduce maintenance costs.
Pay attention to the Tyres
In order to get the best fuel efficiency, it is equally important to keep a tab on the tyres which are often ignored by many. Quite a few cars on the road have improperly inflated tyres which may adversely affect cars mileage and /or lead to premature tread wear.
Using a simple tyre gauge and keeping an eye on the wear and tear for replacing tyres can be helpful in maintaining the tyre life which eventually helps in reducing accidents and get optimum fuel efficiency. Properly inflated tyres will help get good rolling resistance and gas mileage.
Shut the engine on traffic lights and jams
Shutting the engine when idle, at traffic signal or in jams is a sensible choice to make for better fuel efficiency along with saving the environment a bit by not emitting harmful fumes for that small gap of time.
Additionally, with todays technology, we can well plan our trip with the help of GPS and avoid traffic black spots and busy routes & hours if possible which also helps avoid getting lost and driving farther by using the tech to max for max mileage.
Consider driving below torque peak of the car
The engine works at maximum efficacy below the torque peak and so keeping an eye on the rpm when shifting gears or accelerating would help save fuel by maintaining the torque below the peak.
Air condition turned off when not required
When driving in pleasant conditions like during early morning or late evenings, you can avoid using air conditioning. Although comfort is a personal choice, it must be noted that fuel consumption increases by 15% on average. Since air conditioning runs off the engine, it is a smart option to turn off the air conditioning when not required to save you fuel.
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Accelerate slowly and maintain steady speed
Avoid slamming on the acceleration, even if it gives the instant speed and adrenaline; it is wiser to follow the driving school advice of accelerating and braking smoothly and maintaining a steady speed, as it is a valuable lesson for saving fuel.
Accelerating sharply and assertive braking makes your car consume more energy, increasing fuel consumption. So, the wise thing to do is to anticipate the movement of traffic and use acceleration and braking at the optimum.
Avoid carrying unnecessary weight
Even if it may be tempting to keep everything in the car for easy accessibility, it is often not a sensible idea to do so. A good idea is to unload all the unnecessary things except the spare wheel, tyre jack, first aid kit and car keys.
All other things must be off the trunk to ensure you travel light and get good fuel efficiency. Also, not fueling your fuel tank to the max, also helps in weight reduction which eventually helps in cutting down on the fuel cost.
Undergo Timely Servicing
Careful driving alone wont help you save money if your car burns oil, has imbalanced tyres or loose belts. It is always advisable to do timely servicing for tuning your car, changing your belts & oil, replacing plugs and air filters, etc to avoid additional expenses. It not only helps in maintaining your vehicle but also helps in fuel efficiency.
With an increasing number of car enthusiasts getting concerned with maximizing mileage, combining good driving habits with maintenance will certainly help in fuel economy and drive your car like a pro. So, even if fuel prices are skyrocketing and are out of your control, we can certainly control the way we drive and maintain the car to get the best mileage from the car.