With the price of fuel these days, everyone is looking to save money. Plus, today’s drivers are very conscious of the effects of emissions on the climate. With that in mind, here are six easy ways you can increase fuel economy, save some money, and help out the planet at the same time.
Check Tyre Pressure Monthly
This is one maintenance tip that many people forget, but tyres lose pressure every month. Refilling the tyres increases the auto’s performance and reduces petrol consumption. Under-inflated tires will create more drag and friction which requires more power from the engine to keep up.
Lay Off The Accelerator
This is the one driving habit that has the biggest impact on petrol usage. Even with two identical cars between two different drivers, there can be a wide range of petrol usage based on how the accelerator is used. Sudden bursts of speed require a lot more fuel than gradual acceleration. Plus, wind resistance increases at higher speeds so cutting back a few kph will translate into a very large savings.
Replace Dirty Air Filters
A dirty air filter robs the engine of power and wastes fuel. The easiest way to spot a dirty filter is to remove it and hold it up to the sun. If you can’t see light through it, it needs to be replaced. Otherwise, your auto repair mechanic can check it when it’s time for the next oil change.
Stick With Stock, Narrow Wheels
Some motorists love to customise their cars with the latest and greatest in after-market parts, especially new tyres and wheels. If you choose to put wider wheels on your auto, petrol usage will be increased because wider wheels have more contact with the road and create more rolling resistance. You can still buy nice rims and sports tyres, but keep the stock wheel base.
Clean Out Your Auto And Add Kilometres
Surprisingly enough, the clutter in the boot or in the vehicle itself will increase fuel usage over time. It might not seem like a lot, but even 20 kilos of stuff in the auto impacts the kilometres per tank. Even if it is just a little extra every time you fill up the petrol tank, multiply that over a year and it does add up. Cleaning up the clutter not only makes your auto look great but perform better as well.
Driving Less – Carpooling And More
The best way to save money is to simply drive less whenever possible. This includes carpooling for the daily commute. It pays to drive a little bit out of the way to pick up co-workers in order to take another vehicle off of the road. If you switch driving duties with one other person every week, that cuts your daily fuel consumption in half!
In addition to carpooling, you can plan your trips to reduce petrol usage. Instead of making two or three trips during the course of a day or weekend, consolidate all of your errands into one longer trip.
In the end, it is always worth it to save petrol and money.