Have you ever been told that driving efficiently can save you hundreds of Ghana Cedis in fuel each year and can also improve road safety and prevent wear of your vehicle?
In this article, I will be schooling you on some of the fuel-efficient driving techniques you should adopt as a driver to decrease your vehicle’s fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emission by as much as 25 percent.
- TRY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN TO ACCELERATE GENTLY: Please bear in mind that the more hard you accelerate the more fuel you consume. I will therefore advise you that in the city for instance, you can use less fuel by tapping on the pedal of the accelerator gently. To be as fuel-efficient as possible, try and take five seconds to accelerate your vehicle up to 20 Kilometers per an hour from stop. Start imagining an open cup of coffee on the dashboard. Try not to spill it.
- AS A WAY OF SAVING MORE FUEL, MAINTAIN A STEADY SPEED: Anytime your speed dips and burst, you consume more fuel and spend more money than you need to. Modern tests has indicated that varying your sped up and down between 75 and 85 can shoot up your fuel use by 20 percent. Just imagine using cruise control for highway driving, where conditions permit. Please be very mindful , however that little variations in speed can really be good when gravity does the work. Whenever the traffic patterns allow your speed to drop when you travel uphill, then regain your speed as you roll down the hill.
- ALWAYS BE IN ANTICIPATION OF TRAFFIC: Try and look ahead while you are driving to see what is coming up. Make sure you keep a comfortable distance between your car and the one in front of you. As you look closely at what pedestrians and other cars are doing, and imagining what they will do next, you can keep your speed as steady as you can and use less fuel. Driving this way is even much safer.
- TRY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN TO AVOID HIGH SPEED: Please to conscious of always keeping the speed limit and save on fuel. Majority of the vehicles on the roads including van, pick-up trucks and SUVs are most fuel-efficient when they are travelling between 50 and 80Km per hour. Above this speed zone, vehicles consume much fuel the fast they move.
- TURN OFF YOUR ENGINE WHEN YOU ARE STOPPED FOR MORE THAN 60 SECONDS EXCEPT WHEN YOU ARE IN TRAFFIC: Please be informed that the average vehicle with a 3-litre engine wastes 300 millilitres (over I cup) of fuel for every 10 minutes it idles.
- AVOID CARRYING UNNECESSARY WEIGHT: Make sure you remove items and goods such as salt and sand and sports equipment from your vehicle. The less it weighs, the less fuel your car will consume. The fuel consumption of a mild-size vehicle increases by about 1 percent for every 25 kilograms of weight it carries.