The fuel usage in automobiles is the relationship that exists between the distance that the car will travel and the amount of fuel it will consume. Different automobile models have different levels of fuel efficiency. An economic car is one that consumes less fuel over a long distance covered. The fuel prices fluctuate and you can never be sure when they will rise or fall, therefore it’s good to cut on the levels of fuel consumption.
Here are some tips on saving the fuel/gas consumption.
Maintenance of the car
The tires should always be properly inflated, underinflated tires waste fuel and also wear out the tire treads very fast. An engine that is well tuned burns less gas. The engine should therefore be tuned regularly followed by some routine maintenance. Fresh oil also reduces the engine thirst for gas.
For an economic car to be achieved, you need to only carry the basic emergency equipment and items that you real need i.e. avoid junk in your car. They cause your car to use more fuel. Statistics show that for every extra 250 pounds hauled by your car’s engine, it loses about 1 mile for each gallon in terms of fuel consumption.
Always break the right way
A car consumes the most gas as it accelerates (force=mass times the acceleration). A car that is moving requires less gas to keep moving, hence in order to improve your mileage you need the ride smooth. When you are in traffic, you should control your speed with the accelerator pad; this avoids speeding and instantly breaking all the braking all the time. It is much easier to hold a speed in a long line of cars in traffic without stepping on the brake. Keep a little more distance, keep an eye on the cars ahead of you, that way you will be able to anticipate when the traffic slows down and ease of the gas. In heavy traffic this method saves gas and can get you 10%-20% better gas mileage.
Avoid making starts and sudden stops. This overexerts your engine leading to burning of extra fuel. Gradual acceleration is recommended as it aids the automatics to run better. Engine rewings also wastes fuel.
You should lighten up on the accelerator. More gas is used as you drive faster. Driving at 65mph instead of 75mph can improve on the economy of your fuel by around two miles per gallon of gas. Long warm-ups should be avoided. Car doesn’t need more than one minute to ready to go. Beyond that you are just burning up fuel.
You should plan your stops and combine errands into a single trip for the most efficient route. This saves you time and money. Avoid resting your left foot on the brake. Little pressure on the brake causes a drag which will need additional gas use and sooner or later the breaks will wear out.
Close your windows when on the highway, this reduces the air resistance hence the need to run the conditioners. When in traffic, open the windows and stop the air conditioner to lighten your fuel use.