With the seemingly ever rising prices of diesel and gasoline, engine fuel consumption is a concern for most drivers on the road these days. Because the price at the pump is affecting more people every day, many are looking for ways to cut consumption and costs. This article will discuss tips to minimize fuel consumption.
- Close the windows when on highways
When the car windows are open, the air resistance of the vehicle is strong. So when you exceed the speed of 80 kilometers per hour, close the windows; this improves vehicle dynamics and resistance to air and reduces fuel consumption by 4 to 5 percent.
- Drive only when needed
The best way to reduce the fuel consumption is to simply drive your car less. Drive your car only when you really need to. If you only need to travel a few blocks, consider walking or even riding a bicycle. Not only will you save money at the pump, the exercise will certainly do you some good.
- Tighten your fuel cap
One reason you may not be getting the mileage you expect is because there isn’t as much gas in your tank as you think. 147 million gallons of gas were lost last year due to evaporation. Why did it evaporate? The gas cap was not on tight. So just make sure it is tight, and it will enable you to keep all the gas you pay for.
- Avoid idling
When you do need to drive your car, make sure you avoid idling whenever possible. When your car is running, but not moving, your gas mileage is absolute zero. So if your car will remain stationary for more than a minute or so, switch the engine off. However, only do this when it is safe to do so
- Accelerate and break steadily
While driving, always apply steady and consistent pressure to your car’s accelerator pedal. A heavy foot will always result in reduced gas mileage and poor fuel consumption.
- Use cruise control
Cruise control means that your car will be going at a constant velocity, which means there is no acceleration. No acceleration reduces the amount of work your engine does, and therefore it uses less gas. You should set your cruise control at the speed limit, because 55 miles per hour is the perfect speed for maximum fuel efficiency
- Reduce weight in the car
Get rid of all unnecessary items in the trunk and glove compartment; every 40 kg added to the car’s weight results in 1 percent extra fuel consumption.
- Close the air conditioning
If your speed is less than 80 kilometers per hour, turn off the car’s air conditioning, or at least set it on ‘low’.
- Maintain tire pressure
Check the car guide and adjust your tires to the optimum pressure. Uncontrolled tire pressure can cause 5 percent extra fuel consumption.
- Stop warming up your car
In modern vehicles that rely on the fuel injection system, the car’s engine does not need to be warmed up — something usually done in colder months. Warming the engine wastes a good amount of fuel depending on how long you leave it for. You only need to wait 30 seconds after starting the engine before you begin driving– just enough time to fasten your seat-belt.
With the naira becoming weaker, the high cost per litre of petrol and the high rate of inflation in Nigeria, it is important that consumers learn how to creatively cut down on their spending without having to entirely change their lifestyle.