Tips To Reduce Car Petrol Consumption
Ever felt as though you are spending more than you should on your car petrol consumption? It seems as though your car is using much more petrol than you are consuming food? Well, fear not! Here are 7 ways in which you can reduce your car petrol consumption, and in turn reduce your fuel costs. Read on!
- Drive at the correct speed
- With the increase of speed, more fuel is used as more engine power is required to overcome more air resistance.
- Not only does driving at the right speed be safer, but it also helps you to stay on the right side of the law and save money.
- Maintain correct tire pressure
- Under inflated tires produces unnecessary heat; tires will smooth out more rapidly and increase rolling resistance.
- On the other hand, do not inflate you tires excessively, as this might cause a possibility for your car to skid when an emergency brake is applied due to the reduced tire friction.
- To guarantee a smooth and safe journey, check the pressure of your car’s tires every 1-2 weeks
- Watch your engine’s RPM
- Car engine performs best between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. Therefore you should change gears just before your car engine reaches 2,500 rpm.
- For auto-transmission cars, you are advised to use “economy” mode and refrain from stepping too hard on the gas. Change of gear is faster and less gas is burnt with gradual acceleration.
- Unload unnecessary stuff from your car
- The heavier the car, the more the amount of petrol is needed. Therefore, avoid carrying unnecessary stuff in your car.
- Fact: Fuel utilization increases with every 50kg of your car’s weight.
- Drive smoothly
- Fact: Six times more fuel is used to start a car moving from a stationary position.
- Anticipate the traffic ahead and avoid coming to a complete stop as more fuel is used to start moving the car again.
- Abstain from tailgating another vehicle– this will reduce 90% of all preventable brakes and hard accelerations.
- Clean your air filter regularly
- Dirty and clogged air filters can cause your car to use up 10 per cent more fuel than it should be.
- Air flow resistance caused by dirt creates incomplete combustion, thus resulting in the decrease of your car’s efficiency.
- Switch off your engine when not in use
- Leaving your engine running while stalling your car uses much more fuel as compared to restarting your engine again.
With these simple tips at hand, you will soon experience a fall in your car petrol consumption and rise in your fuel efficiency.