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Driving Tips to Save Fuel

Driving Tips to Save Fuel

Snapshot: Regulating Fuel prices is not in your hands but there are some fuel-efficient driving techniques to reduce your fuel consumption.

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Main talking point when you plan to buy a new car is features that it must have, then the after-sales, resale value and within this process one also thinks of the fuel efficiency. But how about saving fuel where the petrol and diesel prices are skyrocketing. Though, fuel price regulation is not in our hands, but making the best out of this situation is by practicing some fuel-efficient driving techniques to reduce your fuel consumption and save environment by reducing emission at the same time.  

Smooth Acceleration

When you start driving from a stand still, it is suggested that you gently accelerate – harder you accelerate the more fuel you consume. Are you driving a Petrol-fuelled car with a manual transmission! Best is to try a moderate throttle position. Most of the cars come with an ‘economy’ mark (a red or green mark) on speedometer which is usually between 40kmph to 60kmph (varies according to the engine capacity), it is best to drive between such speed, keeping in check gearshifts levels as well in order to get better fuel efficiency. Don’t press accelerator pedal too much, you are not on a track for drag race.

Avoid Idling

If you have to wait for traffic lights to go green for the more than 60 seconds, why not turning off the engine. Average vehicle with a 3-litre engine wastes around 300 ml of fuel for every 10 minutes it idles.

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Step-off the Accelerator

Diving uphill is always a fuel consuming, but when you are driving downhill or slowing down, don’t tap on to the accelerator paddle. These days cars usually use less fuel if you remain in gear, but take your foot off the accelerator, than if you ‘coast’ in neutral. This duel to the intelligent system to recognise that the momentum of the vehicle is driving the engine, rather than the normal situation when the reverse is true. The response is for the fuel cut-off switch to operate, stopping the flow of fuel to the injectors. In contrast the vehicle coasting in neutral would still be burning some fuel to keep the engine ticking over. This does not hold at low revs when the fuel cut-off switch no longer operates and most engines will instead inject enough fuel to prevent a stall even if the accelerator is not depressed.

Proper Gear shifting

Gear shifting is an important point to be noticed where you can enhance fuel efficiency by upto 15%. When accelerating shift to higher gear early, usually by around 2,000-2,500 revs per minute (RPM). What more you can do is skip gears – lets say you are driving in 3rd gear skip the 4th and jump to 5th gear or 4th gear skip 5th and to 6th when appropriate.

Tyre Pressure

It is always suggested to keep a regular check of tyre pressures before long journeys as under-inflated tyres create more rolling resistance and so use more fuel. Driving a vehicle with tires under-inflated by 56 kilopascals (8 pounds per square inch) can increase fuel consumption by up to 4% and reduce the life of your tires as well. Usually, you find the right tire pressure information for your vehicle on a tire information placard that is placed on the door post or edge of the driver’s door.

As per Michelin research from 2015, 62% of cars ran on under-inflated tyres, where 37% had at least one tyre classed as either ‘’dangerously” or “very dangerously” (more than 14psi - 0.97 bar) under-inflated.

Avoid Dead weight

Avoid carrying unnecessary weight as anything that adds to the weight in a vehicle increases the power and therefore fuel required for acceleration. We are not talking about the essentials but when driving around the city, you can get rid of some.

Use air conditioning sparingly
Air conditioning can increase a vehicle’s fuel consumption by as much as 20%, as a/c systems use heat pumps to pump a fluid around a circuit. The fluid is caused to evaporate in one part of the circuit (taking in heat) and condense in another part (losing heat).  Why not use the flow-through ventilation system with the windows up on the highway. If you do use air conditioning, use the re-circulate option.

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