For those of us who drive, fuel can often be a significant expense, especially when it comes to long journeys. There are a few practical and easy methods you can do to save expense on fuel. Below, we take a look at 5 tips to save fuel.
Maintain Optimum Tyre Pressure
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Always ensure that your car tyres are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended level. An underinflated tyre can affect a vehicle’s fuel consumption. The lower the tyre pressure, the higher the fuel consumption. Moreover, a low tyre pressure will also cause damage to the tyre’s tread, which can drastically reduce the safety level of the vehicle. It is recommended to check the condition of your tyres every fortnight to ensure optimum safety during your travels. If you’re not sure what the pressure should be, you can usually find the figures near the lock of the driver’s door.
More Weight Means More Fuel Use
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Just like how humans require more energy to carry around weight, vehicles tend to take in more fuel to carry around large amounts of weight. Hence, it is important to plan out your journey prior travelling so that you bring only the necessary items. On average, every 90.7kg takes up 1.6km of travelling distance, thus increasing fuel consumption.
Be A Smooth Driver
Aggressive driving habits such as sudden braking and constant accelerating can greatly increase the fuel consumption of your vehicle. All of which can be avoided by anticipating the traffic flow. While driving, always try to look at least 2 cars ahead to ensure smooth deceleration rather than having to stomp on the brake pedals. On top of increasing fuel efficiency, these habits also reduce brake wear. If your vehicle has a cruise control function, make full use of it as it maintains a constant speed and is especially useful on long journeys.
Taking A Break? Turn Off The Engine
Taking regular breaks is highly recommended during long journeys but always ensure that the engine of your vehicle is turned off during your rest period. Turning on an engine uses up about the same amount of fuel as idling for 30 seconds. Hence, if you are planning on idling for more than 30 seconds, it is recommended that you turn off the engine of your vehicle to avoid unnecessary fuel consumption.
Lesser Drag, More Fuel
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Aerodynamics may sound complicated, but it is rather quite simple. Ensure that your windows are winded up to allow proper airflow around your vehicle. This will reduce wind drag as it is one of the key factors in the increase of fuel consumption. With the windows all fully closed, air will flow over the body, rather than drawing it inside the cabin and slowing down the vehicle. The same applies to vehicles with sunroofs.
When embarking on long journeys, always ensure the condition of your vehicle is at a good state to avoid unnecessary complications during your travel. Safety is always a priority. Hence, remember to get enough rest and focus on the road while driving. We at MARii, wishes you a safe trip and a very happy New Year!