Hello my dear friend.
With the seemingly ever rising prices of diesel and gasoline, engine fuel consumption has become a big concern for most drivers on the road these days.
Because the price at the pump is seriously affecting more people on daily basis, many are looking for ways to cut consumption and costs.
In fact this article will school you on tips to minimize fuel consumption.
Here are some tips concerning how you drive, what you have in your car, and maintenance issues that let you get as much bang for every buck you spend on fuel.
1. Drive only when needed:
The best way to reduce the fuel consumption is to simply drive your car less.
Just drive your car only when you really need to. If you only need to travel a few blocks, consider walking or even riding a bicycle.
By doing this, you will not only save money at the pump, the exercise will certainly do you some good
2. Always Make sure the gas or fuel cap is on tight:
One of the reasons why you may not be getting the mileage you expect is because there is not as much gas in your tank as you think.
147 million gallons of gas were lost last year due to evaporation.
Why did it evaporate? The gas cap was not on tight. So just make sure it is very tight, and it will enable you to keep all the gas you pay for
3. Please Avoid idling:
When you do need to drive your car, make sure you avoid idling whenever possible. When your car is running, but not moving, your gas mileage is absolute zero. So if your car will remain stationary for more than a minute or so, switch the engine off. However, only do this when it is safe to do so
4. Always Accelerate and break steadily:
While driving, always apply steady and consistent pressure to your car’s accelerator pedal.
A heavy foot will always result in reduced gas mileage and poor fuel consumption
5. Drive the speed limit:
Always try as much as you can to drive at or near the speed limit.
The optimal traveling speed for every make and model vehicle is different.
However, the faster you drive, the worse your gas mileage and fuel consumption will be.
Please 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
Coast when possible. Constantly accelerating and braking only wastes fuel and reduces your car’s fuel consumption.
5 Use cruise control on the highways:
Cruise control means that your car will be going at a constant velocity, which means there is no acceleration.
Understand that no acceleration reduces the amount of work your engine does, and therefore it uses less gas. You should set your cruise control at the speed limit, because 55 miles per hour is the perfect speed for maximum fuel efficiency.
6. Make your car more aerodynamic:
You can do so by removing the roof racks on top of the car, and also by decreasing the weight of the car by taking out unneeded items
Keep the windows closed.
The more aerodynamic your vehicle remains, the better your car’s fuel efficiency.
Remember that keeping your windows down while driving creates more drag and wind resistance for your automobile. If you are driving at speeds of less than 35 mph, it is usually okay to keep the windows down. However, at higher speeds, you should keep the windows up order to reduce drag and improve fuel consumption.
7. Decrease air conditioning:
There will be occasions, of course, when the hot weather will cause you to use the air conditioning system.
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.
8. Replace dirty air filters:
Dirty air filters cause your car’s engine to work much harder than it has to and always results in poor fuel economy.
So, always 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.
9. Please Maintain proper tire inflation:
Check your car owner’s manual and always ensure your tires are inflated to the proper air pressure level. Improperly inflated tires can reduce your car’s fuel economy by up to five percent in some cases.
In fact this is quite simply a complete waste of fuel and money.
Thank you very much for your time.