With the rising cost of living, finding ways to save on every dollar has become paramount. On the road, learning how to drive your car efficiently can significantly ease pressure on your monthly or daily budget. As it turns out, though, most of us have a few driving issues. Correcting some of these is all it would take to enhance fuel efficiency. Let’s go straight to the point with the following driving tricks to reduce fuel consumption.
Be a Smooth Driver
Unless you are driving full-speed on the highway, be soft on the accelerator. The more pressure you apply on the accelerator, the more fuel you end up using. How exactly do you do this? Simple. Always maintain a distance between yourself and the car ahead. That gives you the space to move with the flow of traffic. You won’t have to brake and accelerate repetitively which then places greater strain on your engine.
Be Keen on the Road
Be keen on traffic signs on the road – that may sound like an obvious tip but we still find it worth repeating. If you spot stoppage signs, remove your foot off the accelerator. This will give your vehicle a chance to lower its power before gently stepping on the brakes. The end goal is to get the car back at cruising speed using less petrol. Sudden halts interfere with smooth cruising and require more petrol to get the car moving again.
Switch to Correct Gear
Car engines are designed to perform optimally at certain tasks using particular gears. Therefore, leaving your engine to labour on a hill while you can cruise with gear two could be wasteful. If you’re driving a manual vehicle, be sure to change to the appropriate gear as soon as your car is comfortable with higher gear. While at it, avoid accelerating harder than necessary. If driving on automatic transmission, avoid using the “turbo mode” or “Drive 2” gears unnecessarily.
Speed but Don’t Overspeed (Avoid Extremes)
Cars tend to consume more fuel when driven in low or high speed situations. So, avoid any extremes. At low speed the car fails to build enough momentum to carry itself along with the flow. At speeds of over 80 km/h, the vehicle tends to build up momentum which pushes it forward with less fuel. Although this is not a go ahead for you to overspeed, keeping your car at a steady 80km/h especially on the highway can help you save. That said, driving at over 100km/h tends to create drag which works against fuel economy. NB: Some cars are fitted with cruise control which you can use on the highway for steadier speed.
Are Your Car Tyres Letting You Down?
You might be doing everything it takes to save on fuel but sometimes the problem lies somewhere else. Uninflated tyres cause your car to work extra harder to overcome friction. This extra work forces your engine to gobble up more fuel. It’s therefore recommended to inflate your tyres to the highest possible pressure level. That alone ensures your wheels are aligned which even improves handling.
Don’t let your driving habits work against your saving goals. Start small with these simple car tips and see how far that extra fuel takes you.