Posted on October 4, 2017
As fuel price increases on a daily basis, the need to reduce the fuel consumption of your car is important to your pocket.
Many times, people often search for ways of how to save money on their vehicle. Some usually end up buying vehicles that are fuel efficient, while others go for the option of installing fuel saving modifications. Since many cars consume lot of fuel, owners often find themselves looking for new ways to improve the mileage of their vehicles and how to reduce the rate at which fuel is being consumed.
As a car owner or a prospective one, we all have to drive cars sometimes, to get us to places that we need to go to with ease. However, you may need to drive your car a lot and that can make you use up tons of fuel.
According to research, a car if not properly maintained on a regular schedule, burns up to 30 per cent more fuel than it ought to consume. We all know the importance of regular car maintenance, but for many reasons best known to us, we just don’t do it often enough and we get to spend more money than we plan to when it gets damaged.
This budget tip makes you improve your fuel mileage and save enough money on car maintenance.
Plan your trip
This is the first step to maintaining the fuel consumption of your car. Plan your trip and avoid driving when not necessary. Drive when needed. The best way to reduce fuel consumption is to drive your car less. If you only need to go a few blocks away, consider taking a stroll. Not only will it save you money at the fuel station but, the exercise will definitely do you some good.
Maintain proper tyre inflation
According to research, car tyres that are properly inflated can reduce the consumption of fuel up to three per cent. It is recommended to check tyres at least monthly, preferably weekly or daily. Having properly inflated tyres will also help you avoid uneven wear on the tread and will save the lifespan of the tyres. To carry out this tip, check your car owner’s manual and always ensure your tyres are inflated to the proper air pressure level, not less and not too much. Improperly inflated tyres can reduce your car’s fuel economy by up to five per cent in some cases which is quite simply a complete waste of fuel, energy and money.
Replace dirt air filter
Your car’s air filter causes the engine to work much harder than it has to and always results in poor fuel economy. Before you carry out this tip, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for periodically changing out the air filter. A clean air filter allows your engine to perform more efficiently and also helps you save money at the pump. A dirty air filter makes the engine stall when idling. Just like mowing dusty grass, driving on dusty roads will clog the air filter: avoid dust clouds. Also, replacing the fuel filter will help with the consumption of the fuel in your vehicle. This should be done according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Reduce weight in the car
Get rid of any unnecessary items in your car’s trunk or other areas of the vehicle because, according to research, for every 100 pounds of weight, your car’s fuel economy decreases by about one or two per cent. By making sure your car remains as light as possible, you can improve the fuel consumption of your vehicle and save money on your fuel bill. You can also buy a lighter car that will take care of all your needs when it arises. Weight, also according to research, is most important in stop and go driving. In almost exclusively highway driving, it matters little: once the car is up to speed, it needs only push air out of the way.
Minimise the use of air condition
Of course, there will be times when the hot temperature will cause you to use the air conditioning system in your car. However, use the AC in moderation. If you need to choose between keeping your windows rolled down or using the AC at high speeds, use the air conditioning on a low setting. However, studies show that at highway speeds, cars get somewhat better mileage with the AC on and the windows rolled up. The drag caused by rolled down windows at high speed reduces fuel efficiency more than the AC. Minimising the use of the AC in your car will reduce the rate at which fuel is consumed.
Use cruise control
The cruise control means that your car will be going at a constant velocity, which means there is no acceleration. No acceleration reduces the amount of work your engine does, and therefore it uses less fuel. You should set your cruise control at the speed limit, because 55 miles per hour is the perfect speed for maximum fuel efficiency. And if your car does not have the cruise control button, reduce the speed at which you go. Always try to drive at or near the speed limit. The optimal travelling speed for every make and model vehicle is different. However, the faster you drive, the worse your fuel consumption will be. Drive as fast as you need to in order to maintain a safe driving speed. But save highway driving speeds for the highway and not around town.
Accelerate and break steadily
While driving, always apply steady and consistent pressure to your car’s accelerator pedal. According to research, a heavy foot will always result in reduced gas mileage and poor fuel consumption. Braking wastes energy from fuel that you have already burned, and accelerating after braking consumes more fuel than driving at a constant speed. On town streets, watch ahead and coast when you see a red light or traffic jam ahead and brake gradually before you get there.