With soaring fuel prices these days, we are all looking for ways and means to enhance the mileage of our cars. After all, who wouldn’t love to squeeze an extra mile out of their tanks! Irrespective of which car you use, here are few tips that will go a long way in helping you trim your fuel expenses and in the process reduce your carbon footprint!
- Make sure your tyres are well inflated.
It is important to ensure that your tyres are inflated at the manufacturer recommended levels. When the tyres are under-inflated, the contact area between the tyre and the road increases and hence the engine will use more fuel to run! On the other hand, over-inflated tyres will adversely affect the grip of the tyre. Also make sure that you check the tyres at least once in 15 days!
- Turn the AC on!
Yes, you read it right! Contrary to popular belief, you will end up saving more fuel if you drive with the windows shut, especially on highways when you are driving at a higher speed. Keeping the windows open results in cross ventilation through the car and makes your car consume more fuel!
- Shed that extra weight!
The heavier your car is; the more fuel it will use to run smoothly! So ditch all the unnecessary items that are lying around in your car like that child safety seat that you don’t use anymore or that spare tyre! Go clean up your car’s boot space and we bet that you’ll have to stop at fewer gas stations.
- Keep the filters clean!
Always, always keeps the air filter and the oil filter clean and you will definitely see an increase in the number of miles your car can pull on the same amount of fuel. Clean the air filter more often than your service schedule. Shelling out money for servicing or replacing your filters will be money well spent as it will reduce the amount spent on fuel.
- One long trip is better than many short trips!
Your car consumes an extra amount of fuel each time you start the engine! So consolidate as many trips as you can, you will also end up saving time!
- Operate as smoothly as you can!
Be as smooth as butter with your car’s controls, i.e., the accelerator, brakes, clutch and gear. Rough handling of the controls can severely affect the fuel efficiency of your car.
It will not require a lot of effort to implement these easy tips! Follow these steps diligently and at the end of the month you will be surprised by the amount of money you will save on fuel expenses!