No matter what is powering your car saving fuel means stretching every rupee in the long run. Here is a quick and easy guide to small steps that can go a long way in saving on running costs. Just follow the simple below mentioned tips on a daily basis and churn out the most of every single drop in your car's fuel tank.
GO EASY ON THE ACCELERATOR
Never over-rev the engine. Howling cars have big appetites. And don’t stomp on the accelerator, keep it smooth and gradual. And shy away from the rev limit. Shift up to a higher gear at about 2000-2500rpm from each gear. Ideally, try and drive around 50-60kph when in the city. Also, do not get into the overdrive gear at low revs, since it will end up using more fuel as the car sputters to get more fuel into the system.
TYRE PRESSURE CHECK
Make sure that you get the tyre pressure checked every ten days or atleast once a fortnight. Also, make sure that you do this when the tyres are cold. Find a pump close to your home. Since hot air expands, you will get a faulty reading if you have driven over 2km before getting the air checked. And don’t forget to get the spare wheel checked as well.
REMOVE THE JUNK
Extra weight means the engine has to rev more to generate power to move the car, which in turn means you will be burning more fuel. Remove old magazines, empty cartons or any other item that might be adding up to the bulk.
AVOID USING ELECTRICS
Not only does the AC/heater play havoc with fuel economy, other electric items like power windows, sunroof and stereo also end up burning precious fuel. So avoid using these if there is no need. Also, remember to keep the windows rolled up fully so that the car’s aerodynamics don’t suffer.
Maintaining a healthy engine is of prime importance. Ensure that all filter are clean and in good shape. Make sure the engine oil is replaced at the right service interval and also make sure that you get the injectors cleaned on a regular basis. A badly tuned engine can play havoc with the efficiency.
Avoiding traffic snarls is the best way to get good economy. Leave at a time when you can just cruise to work rather than end up driving in bumper to bumper traffic. Also, plan the route in advance so that you can avoid any snarls that may occur up ahead.