Gas prices just keep going up and up so what can we do to help ease the pain of paying so much for gas! Well you can go get yourself a fuel economy car but we also have some tips that will also help with fuel efficiency.
Let us take a quick look at 10 top driving tips that will help your fuel efficiency.
Plan your route
Before hitting the road, plan your route and be observant while on the road. Watch out for traffic ahead to prevent you from braking unnecessarily which will require acceleration to pick up.
Make use navigator
Some cars may come with a navigator device or just an app on your phone. It will help you know which route is the quickest to your destination and help to avoid traffic jams ahead. Some devices can help you determine which route is economical such as determining routes that will require you to break at several times or hilly routes. Google maps is amazing!
Smooth acceleration can help lower your fuel consumption. Ensure you avoid harsh throttle as it increases your fuel intake. The higher the gear, the lesser the fuel used. A gear-shift indicator will also be of help to know the most economical point to have your gear changed.
Apply break gently
Maintain a reasonable breaking distance to enable you to apply breaks lightly. When you break gently, you save the energy used to get the car to that speed, and you will not have to start over again. Gentle braking will sometime prevent you from making the car coming to a halt.
Ensure your tires are at right pressure
Check the pressure of your four tires to ensure they have the correct pressure according to your car manufacturer specification. When tires are low in pressure, you use more fuel because your car drags and this also wears your tires out quickly. Worn out tire will cost you additional money to buy another one.
Remove unnessary items from the car
Roof racks, cycle carriers, bent bodywork and other accessories that are not in use should be removed from the car to reduce drag on the car. Having them in the car will cost you more fuel as you will need it to overcome the extra drag they cause.
Avoid warm up
Not nessary – just a gas waster unless it is an older car that needs that extra time to get ready.
Maintain your car
Having your car well maintained keeps it efficient in fuel consumption. Get the car serviced regularly-when due and it will save you in the long run.
Make the right choice of car
The significant factor in saving cost still depends on the design of your car. An economical car should be your choice when buying a new car. As much as the earlier mentioned tips can help, the economy of the car design determines how much your fuel consumption will be.