As fuel costs continue to climb, increasing fuel mileage is the most ideal way to save money. Here are a few ways to spend less money on fuel and also to increase your car’s fuel efficiency:
One should accelerate the car gradually and maintain a constant pace, rather than accelerating hard when the car is standstill. Accelerating the standstill car consumes more fuel than gradual acceleration and this principle applies to both manual and automatic vehicles.
Check the condition of your car engine air filter at regular intervals. A dirty air filter will reduce fuel efficiency. So make sure that you clean the air filters regularly and also avoid driving on dusty roads, as the dust on the roads will clog the air filter.
Try to avoid driving in peak traffic hours as it will lead to excessive fuel consumption. Instead travel when the traffic is less. It is advised that you should switch off the ignition, if you are stuck in a traffic jam or if the traffic signal is more than a minute.
Tune your car’s engine from time to time as the properly tuned engine will maximize power and can significantly enhance the fuel efficiency. Make sure that you service your car in an authorized dealership.
All the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’S) suggest a certain service interval for every car, and it may differ from car to car. Even the service centers mention the due date for the next service based on the suggestion of the manufacturers. The purpose of suggesting the service interval is to increase the life of the car.
It is suggested that one should not modify or increase the size of their car tyre. As tyres which are bigger than the manufacturer’s recommended size might increase the rolling resistance and thus negatively affects the fuel efficiency of the cars. You should also make sure that your car wheels are aligned and balanced.
You should get your car serviced as per the service interval which was carefully devised by the manufacturers for the long life of the car. A well-maintained car would not only be more fuel-efficient but would also be a reliable companion over the long run.
Most of the cars are fuel-efficient between 60-80 km/h, so make sure that you don’t drive the car above or below this speed. Try to avoid going at a speed of 80-90km/h when traveling on a highway as it can drastically bring down your car’s mileage. So you should maintain a constant speed as far as possible.
If you are traveling on a highway at higher speeds, you can roll the car windows up and ON the AC of the car as it will be more fuel-efficient because it keeps most of the wind resistance under control. If you are traveling at slower city speeds, then rolling the windows down when the climate is pleasant can be a good idea and it may save you some fuel as well.