One of the biggest concerns of motorists all over the world is the price of fuel. So, if there are a few ways that you reduce costs for yourself, you should be looking to use them. Many of the most effective methods of doing this simply require some common sense solutions while you are driving. Here in this article, we will talk in more detail about a few of the most effective techniques that you can use.
Monitor Your Tyre Pressure Regularly
A huge proportion of motorists are driving around on tyres that are over or underinflated. That is why you should make a habit of checking the pressure every time you go to the fuel station. Better still, you could invest in a tyre pressure monitoring system so you can check them from wherever you are. And you certainly need to test them before you are heading out on long journeys or if a lot of people will be travelling in the vehicle.
Don’t Let the Vehicle Idle
This doesn’t tend to be such a problem with modern cars that are built with a system that stops the car from idling for an extended period of time. But if you are driving an older car and you get stuck in traffic, you should switch off the engine if you are stopped for 30 seconds or more. When you are trying to warm the engine back up again, don’t rev it as you will needlessly be pumping CO2 into the atmosphere.
Learning to read the road ahead is your best way of anticipating times when you need to stop or slow down. Harsh acceleration and braking should be avoided wherever possible. And when you are out on the motorway, you should make use of the cruise control function whenever possible. Research has shown that smooth driving is one of the most effective ways of increasing fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
Lighten Your Load
Rather than driving around with a whole load of unnecessary things all the time, you should instead be aiming to lighten your load and therefore increase your fuel efficiency. Roof racks that aren’t needed create wind drag so it is also worth removing these. Of course, there are a few essentials that you should be carrying around in your trunk at all times, but other than these, lightening your vehicle is always a good thing.
Choose the Best Type of Fuel
What you are actually putting in your car on a regular basis makes a big difference to its performance. Consult with the owner’s manual if you are looking for some more information on what is best for your car. The higher the octane, the higher the price but only a few cars perform best when the premium fuel all the time.
None of these techniques is overly complicated, but they are all worthwhile in your quest to drive a more fuel-efficient vehicle.