Get better fuel efficiency from your car

save fuel

Fuel prices keep increasing and as your car gets older, its love for fuel increases. You notice that you are visiting fuel pump often than before and fuel expenses has increased noticeably. If your car is too old (say more than 10 years old) then it will be wise to sell it off and get a more fuel efficient car. But let’s stick to the topic of fuel saving on your current car.

To start with, fill your car only in morning or at midnight. Now it’s not necessary that you make a visit to petrol pump at these odd times only to fill your car, you can do it whenever you find a reputed pump while returning late night or while going to office in morning. Reason is when fuel is colder, it’s denser and you are sure of getting right quantity of fuel in your car.

Now when you have right amount of fuel, next thing you should do at fuel pump is get your tire pressure checked which is free at most petrol pumps. Correct tire pressure will help in achieving a good fuel efficiency.

Now drive off the pump but keep your right foot in control, do not floor the accelerator pedal or press quickly. Train your right foot to press accelerator pedal as gently and slowly as possible and pressing it all the way down.

Use brakes only when absolutely needed, in city traffic you can always use engine brake to slow down. Engine braking comes when you are in lower gear and you are not using clutch and accelerator at all. If you have to apply brakes to slowdown a bit (for example to keep good distance from car in front of you) try not to use clutch at all, if engine tends to stall then ofcourse you have to use clutch.

Check your car from inside and look for unnecessary things stuffed in your car which are adding weight to your car. Engine is using more fuel to carry these unnecessary loads. Now don’t throw that spare wheel and curse me when you have a flat tire LOL

Roll down the windows and see if you can do without AC. Using AC means adding load to engine and engine will obviously going to gulp down more fuel.

One last tip is for overall benefit of your car is that get it serviced regularly at authorized workshops and don’t just rely on what they are doing to your car. Check yourself like they have changed oil filter, engine oil, air filter etc or not and things like wheel balancing are alignment are carried out or not if it was needed.

Mohd. Hashim Khan

I work as a freelance web designer and developer and enjoys fiddling with machines and electronics stuff. I am also working as a part time computer teacher at Aligarh Muslim University. I share my knowledge on various topics here so that others can make use of it and take benefit from my experiences.

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