Fuel prices are unlikely to go down, traffic conditions are in no mood to improve, and daily commutes won't be shorter either, so how would you save fuel? If the same question has lingered in your mind for sometime, then our brief guide can help you keep the fuel bills low and the spirits high.
Let's have a look at the most simple way of saving fuel, and that starts with you, the driver. Easy to adopt changes in the driving style can help reduce your car's drinking habits. Here's how:
Sudden acceleration and braking has an adverse effect on the car's engine. Not only would you be making the engine do more work, if rash driving persists, you would be putting yourself and fellow road users to danger. Being slow and steady not only saves fuel, it also increases the longevity of mechanicals of the vehicle.
Keep the car healthy
Unless your car is healthy, you can't expect it to stay efficient. Regular servicing, oil change, and routine checkups ensure that the vehicle is fit and free from issues. Servicing the car frequently will keep the per service bills low, and will also help in keeping fuel bills minimum too.
Effective use of luxuries
Air conditioning is a boon for those hot sultry summer days but when it's cold and breezy, rolling down the windows isn't a very bad idea. Just keep in mind that if you're doing so while travelling at high speed, you are increasing the drag resistance of the car, which can result in a drop in fuel economy.
So if you're just pootling around town, keep the windows down. In case you're out on the highway, keep the blowers on, take in some outside air and revel in what the nature has to offer.
Keep the air pressure checked
Tyres have a large effect on how frugal your car is. Keeping the air pressure correct is important. Tyres with lower rolling resistance are a great option, but don't compromise the safety for fuel economy. If you want to replace your car's tyres, stick to the manufacturer's recommendation.
Choose routes wisely
If you use a GPS enabled cellphone or standalone device, choose the route that offers less traffic and intermediate distance. Too much distance and too much traffic both aren't good for the fuel efficiency.
Go ahead and drive without worrying too much. Keep these points in mind, act accordingly, and you shall make the most of what your car has to offerto end of a sales journey.
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