How to Increase Fuel Economy
Help your car protect the environment and save you money at the same time.
Listed below are a few simple steps you can undertake to help raise vehicle fuel economy.
Harsh acceleration and hard braking causes increased fuel consumption. Accelerate smoothly up to speed and try to slow the car by coasting in gear to a stop. You will need to read the road ahead and use the engine and transmission to brake the vehicle by shifting down through the gears. Your brakes will also last longer.
An engine will use more fuel to propel a car with interrupted aerodynamics. Accessorises such as a roof box or bicycle carrier will drastically increase fuel consumption. Always remove these items when they are not being used.
A poor performing vehicle will cause excessive fuel consumption. Always ensure to follow the manufacturer’s service schedule on both time and distance. Causes: Dirty air filter, dirty fuel filter, poor performing spark plugs, binding brakes, low tyre pressures.
Remove all excess weight from the vehicle. Removing additional weight considerably increases fuel consumption. Fuel economy may not be drastically reduced at each individual fill up but any minor increase is multiplied over the lifetime of the vehicle.
Plan Your Route:
This may sound logical but it’s very simple to just jump in the vehicle and go from point A to C to B to D… this is especially relevant to commercial drivers.