10 steps to improving your car's mileage
BT Online February 27, 2017
Simple ways to get better fuel efficiency without you having to be adept at the mechanics that power your car, so that you can drive past the fuel pump more often than you stop there.
1. KEEP THE PRESSURE ON
As a result friction between the rubber of the tyre and the road increases, resulting in higher fuel consumption. Over-inflated tyres will mean a lower consumption, but at the cost of grip and ability to disperse water on the road.
Make sure the
tyres are inflated at the manufacturer recommended levels and you'll be
fine. And don't forget to check them once a week, always in the morning.
Rough speedy acceleration and sudden brakes might be more fun on the road but harms your vehicle's fuel efficiency.
Combine as many trips as possible to keep fuel efficiency high. As a bonus, you'll also be saving on travelling time.
4. KEEP IT SHUT
Open windows, even partly, at high speeds can impact fuel efficiency and result in the tank draining out quicker due to increased drag.
Contrary to popular notion, you'll save more fuel with the windows up and the air conditioner turned on.
5. ALL GEARED UP
A car consumes more fuel in lower gears when accelerating. If the engine's not pulling, shift down instead of pressing the throttle.
Shifting up at 2,000 rpm (1,500 rpm for diesel) gives the best mix of speed and economy. On an automatic with manual shift, short shift to save fuel.
6. LOSE SOME WEIGHT
You don't have to be a quantum physicist to know this.
So ditch that child safety seat you don't use anymore, the spare tyre that's not fit for use or even the tonnes of garbage that you lug around.
Keep the boot empty and clean and watch the fuel gauge become more stable. The extra bucks will make up for the trouble.
7. IDLING IS THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP
So if you have your engine running while you're waiting for someone, you're effectively getting 0 kmpl at that time.
Some cars even give a litre per hour consumption on their trip computers to help you keep track. Simple solution. Switch the engine off. Or, if you have the budget, buy a car with auto start-stop technology.
8. KEEP IT CLEAN
It will be money well spent since you won't be bleeding slowly. A serviced engine will also consume less fuel, so don't ignore the schedule.
9. USE A ROUTE PLANNER
It will save you time, the hassle of navigating through congestion and of course a lot of fuel. Moreover, a bit of exercise can do you and the family no harm either.
None of these tips require too much effort to implement and you don't need to be an expert mechanic to understand the ways in which these help improve efficiency. Follow them diligently to save money in times of inflated fuel prices.
Courtesy: Auto Bild