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Saving Fuel Day to Day

With prices at the pumps continually rising itís becoming increasingly beneficial for us to conserve fuel usage in any way we can. But many people are against drastically changing their lifestyles or ditching their cars to achieve this. Thankfully it is still possible to make substantial fuel savings over time without hefty sacrifices by adopting more economical driving habits. Within this guide you will discover a number of important tips for maximising fuel efficiency during day-to-day driving.

Try to Drive More Smoothly

The way in which you drive will have a direct effect on your fuel consumption. Driving your car hard and aggressively is obviously going to burn through more fuel. Instead try to focus on driving smoothly and carefully, you will notice greatly increased tank ranges. You should be accelerating and braking smoothly whilst trying to keep within a sensible rev-range. Shift up to the next gear at around 2000RPM for diesel cars and around 3000RPM for petrol. Also be sure not to let the car struggle with really low revs; carefully shift down a gear to prevent this.

By looking as far ahead as possible you will be able to anticipate most obstacles with ease. Use this extra reaction time to your advantage by letting off the throttle a little when you see something up ahead. This way you can avoid having to anchor on the brakes, lose all your momentum, then have to waste your fuel speeding back up again.

Remove All Excess Weight

The more mass a vehicle is carrying the harder the engine must work to gain momentum, resulting in increased fuel consumption. By simply removing all unnecessary items from the car you can quickly and easily reduce the overall weight of the vehicle.

Components fitted to the outside of the vehicle such as roof racks or roof boxes should also be removed when not in use. As well as adding excess weight to your car they will also increase the overall wind resistance, thus the engine will need to work harder to sustain higher speeds.

Keep On Top of Maintenance

Well-maintained cars will operate more efficiently than neglected cars. By keeping up with regular servicing you will ensure all filters, fluids and components are replaced to keep the car running in top condition. All manner of worn out parts will cause reductions in fuel efficiency and could eventually leave you stranded at the roadside.

Often people underestimate the importance of their tire pressures. Get into the habit of checking your pressures at least once a month. Underinflated tires will contribute to more frictional drag and attribute to increased fuel usage. Although this is a small factor it could have a substantial impact if left unnoticed over a long period of time.

Plan Your Journeys

As often is the case, planning ahead of time is a wise idea. Whether itís your regular workday commute or a cross-country road trip you should consider analysing and assessing your route. Use online tools and maps to help find the most efficient routes, avoiding notorious traffic jams or black spots. Not only will you save your time and fuel but also you can save yourself from the frustration of congestion or wrong turns.

Think Before Pressing That Button

Many people simply do not realise that many of the electronic devices they use in their cars will actually reduce their miles per gallon. By putting more demands on the carís electrical system you are also putting more pressure on the engine to provide power. Although occasional use will not make a noticeable difference, prolonged unnecessary use will become very noticeable over time. The two worst offenders for overuse are air-conditioning and heated seats so open a window or wear more layers!


published: 10/06/2014 10:11:40

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