7 Tips and tricks to save fuelNovember 7, 2011 by: Mita Mukherjee
Maximizing the fuel efficiency and increasing the vehicle’s mileage is one of the most effective ways of helping save huge bucks you need to spend by driving your car day in and day out. We will show you a few ingenuine tips and tricks that lead to preserving the amount spent by a car owner nowadays.
1. More the weight your car needs to carry bigger the fuel consumption. The first step you need to take towards you goal makes you lose all the unnecessary clutter from your car. Just get rid of them. Get rid of all the heavy accessories and the luggage that your car has to carry. (Also Read: 10 Easy ways to improve fuel economy of your car)
2. Next comes the tires. Wider the tire once again bigger the fuel consumption, as the wide tires adds to the rolling resistance, so you might as well want to downgrade from your race car tires and help increase the fuel efficiency.
3. When the engine is cold it is at a one of the most fuel inefficient stage. The technique we are sharing will enable the car to drive away without having to reverse when the engine is cold. Try always to reverse going into the parking space. It will not only help you increase the fuel efficiency but also help you save a lot of time as well.
4. If your car is well equipped with the stop and start technology then of course you are definitely on the right track. But if you don’t have this technology as is the case with the most of the cars like mine you need not worry about it a bit as there is always a solution and a very easy and a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-duh! One. All you need to do is mimic the technology, turn your engine off every time you stop for more than 20 to 30 seconds this way you save fuel and along with that avoid excessive idling. This trick is really helpful in the ‘stop and go’ traffic of the crowded cities. Although the fuel saving is minimal but hey every bit helps isn’t it.
5. A simple action like not changing the oil, the fuel and air filters in due time results in a pretty disastrous effect on the car’s fuel efficiency so it is strongly advisable that one listens to the car manufacturers recommendations and get the car well serviced and maintained properly in its due time. It is a fact that you can increase the fuel economy by ten percent or even more easily by just abiding by the manufacturers recommendations.
6. You know that fast driving consumes more fuel but do you know exactly how much. A regular sedan with a 2ltr petrol engine if going 50mph instead of 70mph will save approximately 25% in fuel economy. That is why if the fuel saving is the motive then always stick to the speed limit and never over-rev the engine.
7. Lastly, always try to reduce the rolling resistance of the car which in turn translates into a better fuel economy. Keep the tires correctly inflated neither over and nor under reducing the rolling resistance. Use the a c unit at its minimal and try and park your vehicle in the shade thus helping minimizing the fuel evaporation.