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Oct 5, 2015

5 Tricks To Improve Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

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If you’re concerned that you are spending more on fuel than expected for your engine size, or simply want to reduce the impact that your driving has on the environment, there are a number of techniques that you can employ to reduce fuel consumption, improve gas mileage, and save money. A car’s fuel economy can have lots of ups and downs depending on multiple factors, including how the vehicle is driven, its mechanical condition, and the environment where it’s driven.

Improving Car’s Fuel Efficiency

At the same time, your driving habits and maintenance routine can influence your car’s fuel mileage. Studies claim that the average driver can improve his/her fuel economy by around 10 percent. Here are a few tricks to help you achieve that and possibly more:

  1. Avoid excessive Idling

    Idling gives you zero miles per gallon. Actually, idling can use ¼ to ½ a gallon of fuel per hour, depending on your engine size and whether you’re A/C is on. Don’t start your car until you’re ready to go, and turn it off when your vehicle is parked.

  2. Avoid aggressive driving

    Aggressive driving, which includes rapid acceleration, speeding, and braking can reduce your gas mileage by nearly 33 percent at highway speeds, and by 5 percent in urban driving. Drive sensibly by accelerating smoothly at a moderate rate, anticipate traffic situations, and maintain appropriate spacing between vehicles to avoid hard braking and acceleration. You should also observe the speed limit to ensure that you drive at your car’s optimal fuel economy, using overdrive gears or cruise control.

  3. Remove excess weight

    Don’t keep unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially the heavy ones. It is estimated that an additional 100 pounds in your car could reduce the fuel economy by 1 percent, though this affects smaller cars more than the larger ones. For larger vehicles, try to limit the cargo you carry on your roof.

  4. Keep tires properly inflated

    Every 1 psi drop in pressure in all tires translated to a 0.3 percent decrease in gas mileage. Furthermore, properly inflated tires promote safety and durability. Check your tire pressure every two weeks to ensure it is within the manufacturer’s recommended pressure range.

  5. Keep your engine well tuned

    Changing your air filter, spark plugs, oxygen sensors, and oil at the recommended intervals can help to ensure combustion efficiency and optimise fuel efficiency. Also, use the manufacturer recommended replacements, especially for the grade of motor oil.

Lastly, you should consider consolidating trips so you perform more errands in a single trip as opposed to multiple short trips that involve a cold start. With a little planning, you can save a lot more fuel and money, even with an already fuel efficient car.

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