With fuel prices rising every time, questions arise hoping to keep the costs pressed, because owning a car is expensive enough with all the taxes and insurance costs coming into play. This article will help you save on fuel money without sacrificing mileage.
Save fuel - preparation
Obviously the car ultimately determines what it takes out of the tank; so if it's possible consider buying an economy car with a high mpg (miles per gallon) rating. Hybrids are also a great way to go. But most of you reading will probably already own a car, so here are a few pointers to start saving after the initial purchase.
Use the secondary odometer to register miles per tank
After refuelling set the counter to 0. Then drive around and when the warning light comes on read the value. It should be around 150-300 miles, which is fine. Use it as a benchmark to see whether curtain techniques work for you.
Braking = loss of momentum
Most fuel is lost during acceleration of the car, that's why ratings are much lower in cities or crowded areas. So with this in mind it's a smart idea to participate on upcoming traffic lights and traffic jams. To save fuel let loose of the accelerator way before actually stopping and press the brake pedal to finish the job. This will release the engine for the last 200-300 feet before the stop, thus distance gained on your average.
Warning: In a tight traffic situation don't release the throttle too early, it could annoy drivers behind you.
A car comes out of the factory designed to punch a hole in the air. This ensures the best performance on the road and efficiency because the engine doesn't have to work as hard. This balance is slightly disturbed when you open windows. Because what happens is that the air comes into the car, and slows it down. So for the best efficiency possible: close the windows.
Warning: Saving fuel shouldn't limit your comfort too much, it's okay to open windows but at least consider it.
Buy most efficient fuel
I already said this in the intro. Use the odometer as benchmark to see which fuel works best in your car. Try different gas stations; the way they mix the fuel can be a difference like night and day. Also buy "premium" fuel once in a while, this will clean the pipes, V-power for example.
Change gears between 2250 - 2500 RPM
These values have been scientifically proven to provide the best fuel efficiency. So to save gas, try to change gears between these values. An added advantage of this principle is that your engine will stay quiet thus improving the comfort in the car.
Warning: Some cars with really small engines (<1l) will struggle to stay under 2500rpm at all times. Consider using 2700 - 3000rpm as the benchmark, especially on highways.
Check the tyres
Make sure your tyres have the optimum pressure and aren't worn down. Remember that the rubber is the only thing that actually makes contact with the road (hopefully), so ensure you have the best rubber possible. Consider visiting a local garage for a check up and maintenance
Lighter is always better
When you want to keep going without refuelling; lose all unneeded weight. This includes spare tyres, the neighbour's power tools from last winter and anything that doesn't necessarily have to be there.
Warning: keep the safety tools within range, you never know...
These are the best and most result oriented tips I can give you. Some smaller considerations include: cars perform best during the summer season, sometimes technical issues hinders mpg and it's never too late to go economy. Gas prices will only rise. And by going this route you're also helping the environment. It's a win - win, for your wallet and the world. Good luck!
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