Saving on fuel can be done in many ways – not all of which involve less driving! For many people, driving is an essential but expensive way to get from A to B conveniently. To help ease the running costs of your auto, take advantage of the following fuel saving tips:
Drive Less Aggressively
By this we mean less rapid acceleration, braking and speeding. All three waste unnecessary amounts of gas and decrease your MPG. Driving consistently at speeds above 50mph is also less efficient than traveling at lower speeds. You may consider investing in a driver feedback device, as studies suggest that they can increase efficiency and gas mileage can be improved by up to 10% and enable you to keep an eye on your driving performance.
Use Cruise Control
If your vehicle is fitted with cruise control and you consistently travel on highways, utilizing this will help to increase your MPG. With cruise control, you maintain constant speeds so you’re wasting less gas
Keeping your engine running while parked can mean a rapid reduction in the amount of fuel. Up to half a tank of gas can be wasted every hour your engine is idle, depending on AC use and engine size. Turning your engine off and back on again when required uses comparatively less and enables you to use fuel more efficiently.
To measure your current MPG and how far off the manufacturer’s quoted statistics your consumption is, you need to keep track of fuel top-ups and distances travelled. You can use an MPG calculator for this purpose. These can help you to establish a baseline and help you to chart the differences you can make to your fuel economy. The AA provides useful information on how to calculate your MPG and how much you could save
Avoid Battery Drainage
Features that require battery usage can also have an adverse effect on your fuel consumption. Heaters, air conditioning and excessive use of headlights pull on the alternator and require more fuel to operate.
Where possible, try to avoid traveling with a full load. Don’t keep tools, shoes, suitcases, toys, baby seats, etc. in the trunk when they are not required. The lower the weight of your vehicle, the higher the fuel economy will be, so it’s a good idea to always travel as light as possible.
Keep the Car Well-Serviced
It’s often the little things that matter. Make sure your filters, oil levels, bearings and plugs are all well-maintained and looked at on a regular basis. Don’t forget to fully disengage your hand brake when moving off, as excessive drag on the brakes causes more wear and loss of fuel.
Walk When You Don’t Have to Drive
We couldn’t create a fuel-saving list without including this one! That shop three minutes away? Save on fuel by taking a walk instead of driving your vehicle on a short trip when it doesn’t have time to warm up properly.