Fuel isn’t exactly cheap these days and it’s only going to keep rising in cost as the world’s oil reserves are being depleted at an astonishing rate. So in order to help you cut down on your annual fuel bill here are the Top 5 tips on how to drive economically so you can get the highest km/l value that your car can achieve by saving fuel.
#5 Avoid Idling
Whenever you stop your car at some point on your journey for more than a minute make sure to turn off your engine, because as you are stationary the car is still using fuel in order to stop the engine from stalling and at that point you are getting 0 km to the litre. Now don’t take this information the wrong way and start turning off your engine at every single red light because that’s only going to increase your fuel consumption because as to start an engine uses a considerable amount of fuel usually more than you would save by turning off your engine for a short period of time. So if your car will be a stationary for, lets say, more than a minute and it is safe to do so, turn off your engine to save petrol.
#4 Maintain Proper Tire Inflation
Probably one of the most underrated tips ever on how to improve fuel economy. If your tyres are not inflated to the proper air pressure level than some experts say it could cause a decrease of up to 5% on your cars fuel economy, the extra money spent on fuel as a result could quickly rack up over the months and years if you travel a lot. So consult the owner’s manual on what the ideal tyre pressure of your car is to get the maximum amount of range.
#3 Proper Maintenance
Your car might be using an excessive amount of fuel due to lack of proper maintenance. There are a couple of key mechanical components of the engine that greatly effect fuel economy such spark plugs, fuel injection systems and the most important one of all the air filter. Clogged air filters can increase fuel consumption per litre by as much as 20%! So be sure to always take your car in for scheduled maintenance and have the mechanics take a close look at these key components.
#2 Reduce Weight and Improve Aerodynamics
If you happen to carry around a lot of excessive items in your car then you should stop right now and get them out of the car. By making your car as light as possible will greatly improve fuel economy but if you carry around unnecessary heavy items than your cars fuel efficiency will take a drastic hit and at the same time make your car as streamlined as possible because drag increases fuel consumption. So if you don’t need it than remove the roof rack on your car or whenever possible store items inside the car rather than on the rack so your car remains as aerodynamically efficient as possible, make sure all your cars body panels are aligned properly and there are no jagged edges so air can flow smoothly over them. And you probably don’t need that spoiler on the trunk of your econo-box family sedan.
#1 Drive Efficiently
There are some key factors while driving that you should take note of in order to help you drive more economically. First of all don’t constantly brake and accelerate. Doing so will cause your car to use a considerable amount of fuel. If possible allow the car to naturally decelerate rather than applying the brakes all the time. Try to always drive equal to or below the speed limit but when you do need to travel at high speeds, for example on a motorway, wind your windows up and turn on the air conditioning (if needed), as the drag caused by open windows at high speeds over 100 km/h would increase fuel consumption by a greater degree than turning the A/C on.
We hope these tips will help you to save a considerable amount of money on your annual fuel bills and if you have any other tip that you would like to share feel free to leave them in the comment section down below.