We all want maximum fuel-efficiency from our cars so that we spent less money on fuel. Fuel-efficiency is a major concern for al of us. The fuel-efficiency that a car delivers depends on many factors. Here we are going to discuss all those factors.
Let’s get started.
1. Tire Pressure.
Driving with optimal tyre pressure makes a huge difference to your car’s fuel-efficiency. Reduced tyre pressure means increased contact area between the tyre and the road. As result friction between the rubber of the tyre and the road increases, resulting in higher fuel consumption. Over-inflated tyres will mean a lower consumption but, at the cost of grip and ability to disperse water on the road.
Make sure that the tyres are inflated at the manufacturer recommended levels and you’ll be fine. And check tyre pressure regularly.
2. Smoothness is the key.
Drive as smooth as possible. Treat the accelerator and the brake pedals with respect. Leave a good amount of space between you and the vehicle in front. Use engine braking more often. And try to minimize the use of the clutch. Remember every time you use the clutch you consume a lot of fuel.
3. Roll up your windows.
Car’s fuel-efficiency depends on how it parts air on the go. In simple words, aerodynamics. Open windows(even partly), at high-speed n impact fuel efficiency drastically. Resulting in the tank draining out quickly due to the increased drag(air-friction).
4. Choosing the right gear.
Shift to the highest gear possible without the engines knocking. A car consumes more fuel in lower gears when accelerating. If the engine’s not pulling shift down instead of smashing the throttle. Shift up at 2,750rpm(2,500rpm for diesel) for the best mix of speed and economy.
5. Lose some weight
The heavier the car, the greater the thirst. Remove excess weight from your car and watch the fuel gauge more stable.
6. Idling is your enemy.
An idling car burns fuel without really going anywhere. So switch off your car’s engine while you are waiting for someone. Some cars even give a litre per hour consumption on their trip computer to help you keep track. Simple solution, switch the engine off. You can also opt for a car with auto start-stop technology.
7. Keep it clean.
Don’t drive your car with dirty or blocked filters. such as the air filter or the oil filter if you don’t want to pay out at the pump. Get them cleaned or replaced. It will be money well spent. A serviced engine will also consume less fuel.
8. Plan your route.
Before you go somewhere, choose your route carefully. Delays due to traffic lights, congestion can be minimised. Also, find a suitable time to avoid congestion and traffic.
9. Take a walk!
Use your feet for distance nearby. This will not only this will benefit your wallet but your health too.