Here’s a few quick and simple driving hacks to help you improve your fuel efficiency with very little effort thanks to this great little article we found on MoneyToday
CHECK YOUR TYRE PRESSURE
Driving with optimal tyre pressure makes a huge difference to your car’s fuel efficiency. Reduced tyre pressure increased friction between the rubber of the tyre and the road, resulting in higher fuel consumption. Over-inflated tyres will mean a lower consumption, but at the cost of grip and ability to disperse water on the road.
Make sure the tyres are inflated at the manufacturer recommended levels and you’ll be fine. And don’t forget to check them regularly and always in the morning when your vehicle is rested and your air pressure will be at it’s lowest.
Be as smooth as possible with the car’s controls. Treat the accelerator and the brake pedals with respect. Rough speedy acceleration and sudden brakes might be more fun on the road but harms your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
Two short trips will inevitably consume more fuel than one that is slightly longer. This is because your car consumes extra fuel each time you crank the engine.
Combine as many trips as possible to keep fuel efficiency high.
KEEP IT SHUT
A car’s fuel efficiency has a lot to do with aerodynamics. Open windows, even partly, at high speeds can impact fuel efficiency and result in the tank draining out quicker due to increased drag. Contrary to popular belief, you’ll save more fuel with the windows up and the air conditioner turned on!
ALL GEARED UP
Shift to the highest possible gear without the engine knocking.
A car consumes more fuel in lower gears when accelerating. If the engine’s not pulling, shift down. Shifting up at 2,000 rpm (1,500 rpm for diesel) gives the best mix of speed and economy. On an automatic with manual shift, short shift to save fuel.
LOSE SOME WEIGHT
The heavier the car, the more fuel it will need.
So, if you no longer need the child safety seat, take it out. Keep the boot empty and clean and watch the fuel gauge become more stable.
IDLING IS THE DEVIL’S WORK
An idling car burns fuel without really going anywhere. If you have your engine running while you’re waiting for someone, you’re effectively getting 0 mpg at that time.
So , switch the engine off. Or, if you have the budget, buy a car with auto start-stop technology.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Don’t drive your car with dirty or clogged filters, such as the air filter or the oil filter if you don’t want to shell out at the pump. Get them cleaned or replace them.
A serviced engine will also consume less fuel, so don’t ignore the schedule.
USE A ROUTE PLANNER
This might seem like pushing it, but before you go somewhere, plan your route carefully and us a Satnav to minimise delays due to traffic lights, congestion and accidents. And, if you can avoid rush hour then you should!
We hope you can implement some or all these hacks to save some money !
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