The spiraling fuel prices are causing much heartburn, and with the recent announcement by the government about a dynamic fuel pricing, there is a fear of ever-increasing fuel prices. In this scenario, it is extremely important to ensure that your car gives an optimum mileage; so that your fuel consumption is minimized. Here are some simple tips to increase your car’s fuel efficiency so you can get the best value for your money.
Check your engine regularly
Engine is the most important part of your car. Maintain it regularly to improve your car’s mileage, and also to increase its longevity. Also make sure that your car is combusting fuel properly and rolling along smoothly. Dirty filters, incorrect wheel alignment and an ineffective spark plug can have a serious impact on the fuel efficiency. Have regular engine checkups and use manufacturer recommended motor oil only.
Go easy on the accelerator
Speeding your car violently or accelerating quickly will hurt the performance of the engine. At the same time, accelerating at a slower pace and using the lower gear will also adversely affect your fuel economy. So maintain constant pace once you reach an effective speed, and avoid accelerating and decelerating too quickly. If your vehicle has cruise control then use it properly for best results.
Your car uses fuel efficiently when you are on top gear and cruising at a speed of 64-89 km/h. These numbers vary depending on the drag, weight, gearing and the engine. Any number after 100 km/h can significantly bring down the fuel rating of your car. So stop stepping on the accelerator too much on the highway; keep a steady pace instead.
Going Idle is a Big No
Cars these days come equipped with modern instruments that warm up the engine in minutes. So there’s no need to keep your vehicle idle. In case you are locked in traffic for more than 30 seconds or waiting for someone, then do turn the engine off.
Cut down Weight
Pointless weight addition to your vehicle can lead to fuel loss, especially during acceleration. Ditch those unwanted stuffs from your boot. Losing 45-50 kgs of weight can give your car a mileage addition of up to 2%.
Check Your Tire Pressure
This is one thing you should never forget to do. With under-inflated tires, your car can burn up to 30 percent more fuel and the rolling resistance of the tires increases tremendously. Keeping your tires inflated will improve the vehicle’s dynamics, tire life, and can add up to 4 percent to your fuel rating.
Stop being a Rev-Head
Stop revving the engine so much as it is the simplest way to squander fuel and wash engine oil from inside the cylinder walls. Once the walls go dry, you are going to face a big problem during the next startup. Always change gear while going above 2500 RPM; for diesel cars the figure is 2000 RPM.
Following these simple tips can improve your fuel economy by at least 20-25%, which is good news for your wallet as well as your carbon footprint, if you are an environment warrior!