From last few months, fuel prices are touching the sky. So, Increasing the fuel mileage is the best way to protect your pocket. Here are a few ways to spend less money on fuel by increasing your car’s efficiency in using it.
1. Keep the tires properly inflated:
Properly inflated tires can reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%. Your tires also lose about 1 PSI per month, and when the tires are cold (e.g., in the winter), their pressure will decrease due to the thermal contraction of the air. It is recommended to check tires at least monthly, preferably weekly. Having properly inflated tires will also help you avoid uneven wear on the tread.
2. Try Out Synthetic Oil
Synthetic oil is remarkable. It flows better in low temperatures, safeguards engines efficiently in high temperatures, and offers improved engine wear protection. What’s more, if you have an older engine that’s prone to sludge buildup, synthetic oil can help mitigate the problem. It can increase your mileage by up to 15% if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommended usage.
3. Operate Smoothly, Drive Sweet Speed
Be as smooth as possible with the car’s controls. Treat the accelerator and the brake pedals with respect. Rough speedy acceleration and sudden brakes might be more fun on the road but harm your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Some cars get better mileage at specific speeds, usually 50-80 km/h. Your car’s “sweet speed” is the minimum speed at which the car is running in its highest gear (watch for rpm drops as you accelerate to determine when your transmission is shifting into higher gears).
4. Remove unnecessary weight from your Car
The heavier a car is, the more fuel it uses. So rid your car of any accumulated junk or unnecessary luggage. Apart from saving gas, your car would become a much nicer place to be in. Weight is one of the biggest causes for loss of kinetic energy in non-hybrid cars.
5. Get Your Car Regularly Serviced/ Engine Checkup
A car with regular servicing may chase better mileage than others. Make sure the oxygen sensors, engine emissions system, and evaporative emissions control systems are in good shape on fuel-injected cars. Often the “check engine light” coming on is an indication that there is a problem with one of these components. A damaged oxygen sensor may cause your car to have too rich of a fuel mixture, decreasing your fuel mileage by 20% or more.