Do you find yourself spending far too much of your hard earned money on petrol for your transport? Well, we are going to focus on the best methods to save on your fuel consumption. Those who are looking to free up extra cash so that they can save money and have additional money to handle their living expenses would do well to keep reading.
Lets get right into it:
Taking your vehicle for service regularly every six months will ensure anything that may be affecting the fuel economy of the vehicle will be fixed. Replacing the vehicle oil regularly will not only avoid damage to the engine but allow the car to run more efficiently leading to positive results in fuel economy.
Make Fewer Trips
Turning your engine on and off constantly throughout the day driving to places causes the car to burn more fuel in an effort to warm the motor up. For the first few miles of your trip, the car expends far more fuel than necessary. Those who use their vehicle for every small errand tend to struggle with fuel costs more than their counterparts who are willing to walk to the location. Not only does walking to the shop help with costs, but it also keeps you fit and healthy. If you are not able to walk, then try and do everything in one round trip.
Avoid Rush Hour Trips
Being stuck in traffic during rush hour is far from fun and it will also cost you added money when it comes to your fuel costs. Stopping and starting in traffic forces your car to burn off a substantial amount of fuel and the best solution to this common issue is to avoid rush hour trips as much as possible. Those whose professions require frequent rush hour trips can save money by purchasing a hybrid car. If you work within London, then there may be some techniques you can use which we will talk about later in the article.
Remove Unnecessary Weight
A car is much like the human body and when you carry around too much added weight, it becomes much more difficult to move around in an expeditious manner. Our motor vehicles are no different. If the boot of your car is filled with superfluous items that are not truly needed, the time has come to eliminate them. The heavier the item, the more likely it is to have a positive effect on your rate of speed when removed.
Use Air Conditioning In Moderation
While it is tempting to use air conditioning as often as possible, this practice burns off more fuel than you are probably aware of. Keeping your windows from developing mist in the winter and keeping cool during the summer is important, but fuel-conscious drivers know how to use their air conditioning in moderation. Saving it for the situations when it is truly needed most. If it’s a hot day, then open your windows first to cool down. If you are below 40mph then keep the windows open as this won’t affect the vehicle’s aerodynamic drag. If you travelling above 40mph then make sure that you close the windows and use the air conditioning. Using air conditioning will certainly increase the workload of the engine burning more fuel in the process.
Cruising at a rate that is above the speed limit may seem wise from a fuel conservation standpoint, but there is no link between saving time and saving money in these instances. The car is running for a shorter period of time, but it is also burning more fuel in the process. For maximum fuel efficiency, it is in your best interests to maintain a cruising speed that is at or near the speed limit.
Whenever you are placing your foot down on the acceleration, make sure you do this smoothly and not in an agressive manner. Listen to your engine and keep in mind your rev meter as being aware of both will certainly improve your driving.
Ensuring Tyre Pressure is Checked
The amount of pressure in your tyres can actually affect your fuel consumption, less pressure in your tyres means that your engine has to work harder. Make sure you check your tyres regularly at a petrol station, most Sainsbury’s supermarkets with a petrol station provide you with free Air and Water Pump. Take a look in your vehicle manual to find out the correct PSI for your tyres.
Try and keep to the higher gears of your vehicle, this will mean the engine is not working harder than it should. Most vehicles nowadays have a ‘Gear Shift indicator’ showing the driver the most efficient way to drive. Keep the RPM to no more than 3000rpm. You will notice a dramatic improvement in your fuel economy if you take the time to follow this.
Accelerating and Braking Economically
If you are stuck in traffic, leaving a gap between your vehicle and the one in front of you will allow you to roll slowly without having to stop. Once you are at a halt, you need to use more acceleration to move off from a stop. Being in first gear means that your rpm will be much higher, if you are having to stop and go through heavy traffic for an extended period of time then you will burn more fuel. Getting into the habit of rolling at a distant through heavy traffic may save you a lot of money. When there are speed bumps involved then the concept is much similar, ensure you are driving at a steady pace so you can glide over the speed bump without having to break and accelerate again.
Find Routes With Less Traffic
Use a route planner that utilises live traffic updates to judge the best route to take to your destination. Google Maps can be a useful tool to avoid any traffic jams. Google Maps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The App is free and easy to use.