Fuel prices might be really steep sometimes but you don't have to worry because there are a number of ways you can do to lower your car's fuel consumption.
Here are some tips that might help you make your car more fuel-efficient:
1. Lighten the load
Avoid carrying excess weight in your vehicle. Make sure that you only carry the things you need and remove anything that you don't need because the more weight in your car, the higher your fuel consumption will be.
2. Reduce your speed
Overspeeding increase strain on your engine and generate more wind resistance which also increase your fuel usage. So, just take it slow in the motorway because it doesn't only save you from speeding tickets, but it also helps you save more fuel.
3. Use air-conditioning carefully
When driving at slower speeds, it is better to roll down the windows and turn the air-conditioning units off as these will use additional fuel and reduce your efficiency. However, if you roll down your windows at speeds above 90 kph, your car will create enough aerodynamic drag to reduce fuel economy.
4. Inflate your tires
Always make sure that your tires are inflated because under-inflated tires add rolling resistance, thus burning more fuel. It is advisable to have your tyre pressures checked at least once a month to make sure that it's at the recommended level. Failing to do so might reduce the lifespan of your tyre and reduce fuel economy by about 10%.
5. Accelerate smoothly
Accelerating and braking harshly is not only dangerous but it also burns a lot of unnecessary fuel. On the other hand, accelerating too slowly also decreases fuel economy. For your car to perform efficiently, accelerate at a pace that will allow you to upshift at an efficient rate.
6. Plan your trips
Combine all your errands into one big trip. Always plan your trip strategically and make sure that you hit all the stops you need along the way.
7. Avoid excessive idling
Every 30 minutes of idling costs atlest 2/10 (0.2) of a gallon of gas. It is better to turn off your engine when you are parked or at traffic lights so that you can avoid wasting unnecessary fuel.
8. Check and replace dirty air filters
A clogged air filter restricts the air flowing into your engine, which can result to a decrease of your gas mileage by up to 10%. Replacing your air filter can add more fuel efficiency to your car.
9. Regular maintenance of your vehicle
Keeping your vehicle properly tuned helps improve fuel efficiency between 4% and 40%. Aside from that, tuning up can also keep your car running in tip-top shape.
10. Use only quality fuel
Lastly, using high quality fuels can help reduce fuel consumption. Quality fuels contain substances that helps improve engine performance while keeping its optimal efficiency.