The best ways to lower your fuel consumption

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As fuel prices are higher than ever, most driver’s want to save money on fuel. Incorporating these several techniques into your day to day driving is easy to manage and can save you money in the long run. There is no need to worry about making significant changes to your usual routines, even while you’re trying to lower your fuel consumption. 

Regular maintenance

Regular maintenance is an underestimated fuel saver. Ensuring your vehicle is running smoothly makes sure not a drop of fuel is wasted. Using the wrong engine oil, or not changing it frequently enough, all can create friction in the engine. This lessens the efficiency. Additionally, ensure your tyres are always at prime pressure levels. This will make sure your vehicle is not undergoing any excess stress when moving. 

Don’t leave your vehicle idle

Leaving your vehicle in an idle state can be the best way to waste fuel. If your vehicle doesn’t come equipped with an automatic start stop mechanism, it would be a good idea to think about how you can create the same effect manually. Turning off your engine at traffic lights, in long queues and any other idle situation can save you significant fuel. Additionally, warming up your vehicle on those winter mornings can be costing you a lot. Removing outer debris like leaves and ice needs to be done prior to starting your vehicle. The general rule is, one hour of idle time can account for up to sixty miles. Therefore, reducing your idle time in any way possible will save you money.

Think about air resistance

Everyone likes additional comforts such as air conditioning or cruise control. However, if wrongly used, they can increase petrol consumption significantly. The key is to think about how you can decrease air resistance and possibly decrease your car working extra hard for unnecessary reasons. 

When driving at high speeds, closing the windows can greatly decrease your air resistance, as vehicles are designed to be aerodynamic. Keeping the windows closed will help your vehicle at a constant speed without excess acceleration. Additionally, removing transport racks and boxes when you’re not using them, can also significantly decrease the air resistance. 

Plan ahead

One of the most important fuel saving tips is to maintain a constant speed for as long as possible. Whenever accelerating, you should do so gently. This is why many good drivers emphasise anticipatory driving. By being observant and seeing what could happen next, you won’t need to break and accelerate as often as you would without thinking ahead. Coasting up to intersections instead of breaking, looking up the traffic before setting off and taking quieter routes are good ways of maintaining consistency when driving. Additionally, using dual carriageways and main roads without traffic lights where possible and traveling outside of peak travel times will all benefit your fuel consumption. 

Efficient driving

To drive efficiently is to understand your vehicle and use the engine to the best of its ability. Being in the correct gear for your current speed results in a lower fuel consumption. This means you want to keep the revs low when driving. High revs while driving means more engine rotations and more fuel used. Staying in as high of a gear as possible is the best way to reduce revs and fuel consumption. 

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