Top 5 Fuel Economy Tips
As petrol prices seemingly increase almost weekly, it doesn’t take much convincing for any motorist to adjust their driving habits and save a little money. Whilst our regular car service will go a long way to keeping your engine performing efficiently there are several things you can do as a driver to make sure you get the best value for money at the pump.
One of the major features of new vehicles which every manufacturer is keen to point out to potential buyers is fuel efficiency. And whilst these figures are important because they tell us how efficient an engine can be, it is not the end of the story. The more important factors are how you drive the car and how you look after your engine.
So, with these things in mind let’s look at five fuel economy tips which you can start following today to maximise the mileage you get from your tankful.
Car Maintenance. Your vehicle should always be serviced in accordance with the recommended intervals in your handbook. A regular car service will ensure that your engine remains in tiptop condition and that is tuned to maximise fuel efficiency. Apart from the safety angle, regular servicing has a major impact upon fuel efficiency.
Driving Style. An aggressive driving style where you accelerate quickly and brake just as fast, is a sure-fire way to increase your fuel consumption. Accelerating slowly and braking gently can save up to 33% on the highway and at least 5% of your fuel costs around town. At today’s petrol prices the savings will soon add up.
Observe Speed Limits. In addition to the above tip, bear in mind that if you exceed speed limits you will significantly increase your fuel consumption. Think of it this way, for every 8 km/h over the speed limit it is like paying an extra five cents per litre!
Take the Weight off. Make sure you remove any heavy items from the vehicle if you don’t need them. This is especially the case with the things you keep in your boot. Also, remember to remove things like roof racks when they are not in use as a can act as a substantial wind drag on your vehicle and increase fuel consumption substantially.
Use Your Accessories. It is surprising how many drivers fail to use cruise control on highway driving. When traffic is flowing regularly, cruise control is one of the most efficient ways to minimise fuel consumption. So if you don’t know how to use it, read the handbook!
Use Overdrive. In addition to using cruise control make sure you use the overdrive gear whilst cruising on the highway. This will ensure that you maintain speed at the most optimum engine usage.
It doesn’t take much to realise how simple maximising fuel consumption can be when you follow these simple tips. Paying your mechanic for your next car service will also get a little easier if you save money every time you drive your vehicle!