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Fuel Economy – Don’t Let Fuel Cost Breach Your Wallet or Purse

Updated on October 27, 2011

Having a car is the dream of many people in this world. With a car, people will be able to carry more of their friends or relatives when they go out. Besides, having a car, especially a good one, can also add to the prestige one may have.

Unfortunately, having a car doesn’t come only with the good stuffs. There are some things to beware of, too, one of which is how efficient the car is in consuming fuel. Two cars that bear the very same brand and model may even consume at a different level. Why is this possible? Well, chances are one driver drives the car more efficiently than the other driver does. Therefore, reading some of the tips below won’t harm. In fact, they may help you reduce your fuel consumption quite considerably.

What Type of Fuel Do You Use?

The first step in reducing the fuel consumption of your car is to choose and stick to the right type of fuel. In this case, you may want to have a look at your car user’s manual and see what the factory recommends. If there are several levels of recommendation, choose the lowest grade of fuel usable for your car. Contrary to what most people may think, a higher grade of fuel doesn’t necessarily improve the overall performance of a car.

Check Your Wheel Pressure

When the wheels of your car lose pressure, your car consumes fuel more inefficiently. Therefore, it is recommended that you check the pressure of your car wheels every fortnight. Also, make sure that the wheels are cool or that they haven’t been used to go as far as3 kmyet when you are about to check their pressure.

However, keep in mind that a wheel with an excessive pressure is not a good thing to happen, either. With excessive pressure, a wheel will suffer from reduced traction while it is traveling at a high speed. As a result, braking will take longer and it will shorten the lifespan of the car’s flooring components.

Avoid Wider Wheels

Wider wheels can indeed offer you a better handling than that of the stock wheels. However, if you choose to use wider wheels for your ride, be prepared to spend a lot more money on fuel due to the increased rolling resistance.

Avoid Dirty Air Filter

Dirty air filter has a tendency to block the flow of air into the engine. In this case, a car will usually need 10% higher amount of fuel to work properly. This is why cleaning the air filter is important. In fact, it is even crucial for you to replace it when necessary.

Switch Off and Restart the Engine When Necessary and Properly

When you start your car, don’t step on the gas pedal. Well, some pretty old cars may require you to step on the gas pedal firmly and even repeatedly. However, with today’s cars, this is no longer necessary. Instead, you’ll only waste the fuel on your car’s tank if you do this.

Keep in your mind, too, that it’s not a good idea at all to switch on the engine but letting it idle for more than 30 seconds. With today’s car, such a thing as warming up is not necessary anymore, either. Therefore, if you come across conditions in which you have to stop for quite a long time, such as while you’re waiting for the red traffic light to turn green, you’d better switch off your engine. You can then restart it when you’re already able to move your car.

Maintain Low Engine Revolutions

According to researches and statistics, the most efficient fuel consumption on most cars is when the engine gets to the point between 1,500 and 2,000 rpm (diesel) and 1,500-2,500 rpm (petrol). Therefore, make sure you’ve shifted up before the engine of your car reaches the aforementioned engine revolution.

Don’t Drive Either Too Fast or Too Slow

On the highway, over 50% of the power of your car is used to get over the aerodynamic drag that happens to your car. When you’re traveling at around 90 kmph, the fuel efficiency of your car improves remarkably. Yet, while you’re traveling at a speed of around 100 kmph, your car consumes 15% more fuel. Then, when you force your car to run at around 110 kmph, it will consume about 25% more fuel, which is a waste.

As traveling at 50 kmph or a lower speed also wastes fuel, it is recommended that you try to maintain a speed of around 90 kmph.

Ask Yourself: Do I Really Need the Air Conditioners?

If you say you do, well, the trade off is that you’ll have to pay more expensively for your fuel. Using air conditioning units cause your car to consume 10% more fuel than it is supposed to consume.

However, when you travel at about 80 kmph, it is better to turn on your air conditioners than to open your car windows. This is because opening the windows damages the aerodynamics factor.

Keep Your Car Aerodynamic

The aerodynamics of your car is very important. Unfortunately, there are many car owners who damage this factor without them even ever realizing it in the first place. If you try to put more stuffs into your car, it will become heavier. This damages the aerodynamics factor of the car. Another example is when you put a roof rack onto your car. This, as a matter of fact, also damages the aerodynamics factor of your car. In fact, an exceed of every50 kgdamages the aerodynamics factor of the car. As a result, your car will have to consume 2% more fuel than it is supposed to.

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