The economy today is at a very sorry state. The fuel prices are rocketing up to all time highs. If you want to cope up with that, you have to be more sensible in using your fuel. If you save a little bit of fuel every time, you will end up saving loads of money at the end of the year. Here are 10 tips that have served me well during the past few years:
1. Reduce your speed
One of the best ways to reduce your fuel consumption is by reducing your speed. It should be noted that the speed of the vehicle is directly proportional to the fuel consumption. If you follow the traffic rules and keep your speed to an optimum level, you will end up saving loads of fuel. If you keep the speed to an optimum level, you will also reach up the destination in time.
2. Maintain tire pressure
This is something that people tend to ignore at times. There are many things that you don’t know about tires. These things lose air when subjected to high temperatures and if stored for longer periods of time. This means, if your tire is running low on air, it will automatically consume more fuel. So, you should buy reliable tires and you should keep checking on your gauges every month. Make sure you fill your tires with air once a while. You should be extra careful during winter times because colder tires will tend to show false readings.
3. Maintain the air filter
Air filters are very important in tires. They permit new air into the tires which keeps them tight. If the filter is filled with dust, it will not permit the air to come through. Checking your filter is very simple. Take your filter in hand and hold it in sunlight. If you see the air coming through, then you have no problems. Else, you should change the filter. You could also buy a permanent filter which is less prone to failure and positive to the environment.
4. Use Accelerators with care
This is another obvious thing that people tend to ignore. If you accelerate heavily, it will force more air into the system and hence will cause you fuel wastage. At the same time, if you accelerate constantly, it will help you to move with ease as well save you fuel. But this does not mean you should shy away from every possibility to increase your speed. This becomes rather more important if you are driving a vehicle with automatic transmission. Make sure you give constant acceleration but at the same time, watch the road for speed breakers.
5. Use the truck formulae
Have you ever noticed one thing? In traffic jams, cars flutter up and down but larger trucks slide with a constant speed. This is because the speed shifts to a minimum with trucks. If you use that formula with cars, it will end up saving fuel. If you use this type of transmission, it will give more fuel to start your vehicle rather than keeping your vehicle moving.
6. Be natural
What did people do before cars were attached with air conditioners? They used the normal air and why are we reluctant to use that nowadays? Consider switching off your air conditioner and turn back to nature. If might be a bit uncomfortable but it will surely save you money. If you are going to some place warmer, bring in some extra shirts so that you can change them. There is nothing wrong with not using your air conditioner to save fuel.
7. Don’t go for the eye candy
Yes, new wheels and gadgets for your car might look cool. But, they consume more fuel that you can ever imagine. So, avoid going for the eye candy things and concentrate more in saving fuel.
8. Reduce car junk
The amount of weight that your car carries plays a major role in determining fuel consumption. Make sure you throw out all your car junk to make your car ride without any difficulties.
9. Don’t buy a bigger car if you don’t need it
If you are a small family, why do you need a SUV? Larger vehicles consume more fuel and it is advisable for you to downsize your vehicle if you don’t need it.
10. Use other modes of transmission
Use cycles or just walk to locations that are nearby rather than driving. If everyone does this, the fuel prices will surely come down.