One thing that most drivers on a whole are not aware of is, great fuel conservation starts before you even get on the road:
• Service your vehicle regularly, and you will observe a 5 to 25 percent increase in gas mileage.
Check your tyre pressure once a month, also keep them aligned and inflated properly – because having tyres with low pressure can increase your use of fuel by 5%.
• Replacing your air filter every now and then is also helpful.
• If you are not using your roof-racks, take them off! They add to drag. Unnecessary weight in your car can also take away from good gas mileage .
• Slow down! There is no reason why you should be racing to a petrol station when your vehicle is on empty – you are not going to get to a gas station faster by driving faster when the faster you drive the more gas you use! In simpler terms, your fuel usage will greatly decrease when you are driving at speeds above 55 mph. Besides, you will have a safer drive when you slow down, too.
• Avoid rapid accelerating. In fact, you ought to let up on that accelerator (by driving slower), and when you use the accelerator, use it gently. Maybe that’s why it is called “stepping on the gas.” The harder you step on the gas, the faster you use up your gas. Relax your driving style. Don’t drive aggressively. Accelerate slowly. Driving aggressively can lessen your fuel conservation by 30-40 percent…yep it true.
• Do not idle. Most cars nowadays no longer need to warm up to run.
• Turn off your car when you are waiting for someone.
Fill up your tank early in the morning and on cooler days. The colder the gasoline is – the more compact it is… you will therefore end up getting more fuel mileage for your money.
Manual shift driven cars can allow you to change to highest gear as soon as possible thereby letting you save gas if you ‘nurse it along’ However , if you cause the engine to ‘bog down.premature wearing of engine parts occur.
Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds. Open windows cause air drag reducing your mileage by 10 per cent.
Drive steadily.Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel.Also avoid tailgating- the driver in front of you is unpredictable.Not only is it unsafe, it affects your fuel economy if he slows down unexpectedly.
Think ahead when approaching hills.If you accelerate do it before reaching the hill not while you are on it.
Do not rest left foot on floor board pedals while driving. The slightest pressure puts ‘mechanical drag ‘ on components wearing them prematurely.This dragging also demands additional fuel usage.