With the cost of fuel growing with each year, the topic of reducing fuel consumption is one of the most discussed issues among drivers all over the world. Another reason to change your fuel consumption habits is the state of the environment – the more carbon emissions are let into the atmosphere, the worse our environment will look and feel in just a few years. Car manufacturers do whatever they can to decrease fuel consumption, including the introduction of hybrid and fully electric cars. However, until we all own a hybrid, it’s important to know how to decrease your fuel expenses on a regular car. These 7 tips will definitely help you!
Get rid of extra cargo
It’s no secret that excess weight has a direct influence on the way your car consumes fuel. If you carry a lot of extra cargo in your car at all times, your fuel consumption will continue to grow. Solve this problem by lightening the load in your car. Get rid of extra car parts, water, furniture, and anything you don’t need on a daily basis. Of course, there are some items that should always be in your car – for example, a fire extinguisher, a toolbox and a spare tyre.
Plan your journey ahead
This seems like an obvious tip for experienced drivers, but in reality, a definitive plan of the places you want to visit on your trip helps to have a more organized journey. If you start at one point and then go straight to the next point, without going back or turning away from your route, it will help you car to achieve stability, which positively influences fuel consumption. This is especially useful for families that travel together, as when there is no plan, it’s easy to get distracted and go the wrong way.
Follow the speed limit
You may think that speed limit is important only for road safety, but it’s wrong – the other thing the speed limit can help you with is fuel economy. By sticking to the recommended speed you can get your car to a comfortable driving range, where it can use its resources in the smartest way. Reduce the unexpected application of brakes and too frequent acceleration, and you’ll notice your fuel consumption numbers go down.
Check your driving style
A lot of Nigerian drivers enjoy an aggressive driving style. They feel like they’re in “Fast and Furious” or some other road rage movie, and drive extremely aggressively. However, this strategy in no way will help you with your fuel economy issues. The more aggressively you drive, the more fuel you burn. Try employing a smoother, calmer and easier driving style. Don’t drive as if you’re trying to get away from someone. Avoiding using your brakes too much; and, most importantly, drive at a comfortable speed.
Don’t forget to switch off your engine
There are many situations in a driver’s life when there is no need for the engine to be constantly running. When you’re in a traffic jam, or waiting for your passengers, and your car is in idle mode, it’s best to turn off the engine to avoid too much fuel consumption. This is one of the basic driving tips, yet many drivers still ignore it. Conserving your fuel couldn’t be easier – make it a rule to switch the engine off if your car is not moving for more than a minute, and you’ll not only save money on fuel, but will also help the environment.
Avoid excessive use of A/C
Air conditioning is clearly a godsend. It helps us survive through even the hottest days by adding a breath of air to our car cabin. However, air conditioning is also one of the most fuel-consuming features of any modern car. Of course, you’re already used to the comfort of using air conditioning and don’t want to let this comfort go, but if you want to increase your fuel economy, try opening your windows and letting fresh air into your car when it’s not too hot outside. You will not increase your fuel consumption even by one millilitre, but will enjoy the same cool atmosphere you’re used to.
Check your tyre pressure
Having good tyres is essential for good fuel economy. If the tyres are too old, or the pressure inside them is too low, you apply too much pressure on the engine, which results in increased fuel consumption. By checking the pressure in your tyres regularly (at least twice a month) and inflating the tyres when needed you can lower your fuel consumption by 3% on average.
These 7 tips will help you save money and help the environment by using your car the same way you’re used to. What other fuel economy tips do you know? Let us know in the comments!