Fuel economy is a common subject of discussion for almost all vehicle owners, especially those whose businesses or livelihoods are dependent on vehicles. The blog discusses some tips which if put in practice, can save a significant amount of money over a period of time. Read on.
With soaring fuel prices, everyone desires their vehicles to have the best fuel economy. However, many find it easier said than done. Therefore, we have brought together eight easy-to-follow tips that anyone can implement to earn savings on fuel expenses.
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Aerodynamic drag: Aerodynamic drag is the force against the direction of thrust of a vehicle that demands extra work from the engine to overcome it and allows the vehicle to move ahead, thereby decreasing fuel economy. If you are making a new purchase and want fuel efficiency more than anything else, pick a small car rather than an elaborate sedan.
Tires: Tires play a huge role in the fuel consumption of a vehicle. For example, tire designs that cause more sidewall flex generate heat and use up more fuel. Good casing design reduces this problem and saves fuel.
Inflation pressure: Under-inflation of tires can not only reduce fuel economy, but also increase wear rate of tires, create irregular tread wear, and reduce casing durability. Therefore, make sure that your tires are always properly inflated.
Idle time: Driving at peak hours means more stoppage during traffic jams. Clearly, fuel economy at such times goes for a toss. If possible, choose a time when the roads are relatively free. Your driving will be smooth, your fuel expenses in check, and your mind relaxed.
Speed: Contrary to popular belief, excessive speed reduces fuel economy. Moreover, if you don’t let go off the accelerator till the last second and brake hard to finally stop instead of gradually slowing down to a stop, you are using more fuel than you think you are. Drive responsibly, and save fuel in addition to staying safe.
Lubricants: Gross efficiency losses in the drive-train can be minimized using the right kind of lubricant. At normal temperatures, both synthetic-base lubricants and mineral-base oils function similarly; however, since the former is more expensive, it may not be cost-effective. On the flip side, it is affected less by temperature and stays fluid at low temperatures unlike miner-base oils that tend to thicken and increase fuel consumption, therefore, being a bad option for colder months.
Air compressor: The air leaks in the compressor may not seem too big a deal but they do hamper fuel efficiency. Fix them to have a noticeable improvement in your vehicle’s fuel consumption patterns.
Weight: Heavy vehicles cause increased flexing of tires, thereby impacting fuel economy negatively. If unimportant luggage rests permanently in your vehicle, you are paying for more fuel to carry it around without any purpose. Get rid of them as soon as possible.
Another great option to save on fuel is to opt for car pools and use public transport wherever possible. This way you will not only be cutting short your fuel expenses, but also doing your bit for a sustainable environment.
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