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You have had your new car for a few weeks, and you suddenly realise that this baby consumes more petrol or diesel than your used-to-be car, while you were advertised that this new car is supposed to be more fuel efficient. Before you take up the phone and complain to the dealer, let’s take a deep breath, close your eyes, and introspect what you have been doing to your car that makes its mileage so terrible. Sometimes, things as simple as pumping your tyres to the correct pressure can go a long way in making your beloved four wheelers more fuel efficient.
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1. Inflate those tyres to the right pressure
Research has shown that properly inflated tyres can increase the mileage of a car to 3% compared to tyres pumped to the wrong pressure, either too much or too little.
When your tyres are deflated, the friction between the tyres and the road increases, and your car ends up having to use more gas to travel. On the other hand, when your tyres are over-inflated (yes, such a thing exists!), you have to resort to using the brake more often because the car slips on the road more easily. In either scenario, your vehicle consumes more gas than it should. So, you should inflate your car’s tyres to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure and check the pressure at least once a month, preferably once a week, to ensure the tyres are at their best.
Also, when you drive in extreme weather like scorching hot summer and blazing sun or freezing cold snowy winter, the tyre pressure is affected as well. And in those cases, the pressure will decrease at a faster rate than in fine weather, and you should examine the tyres once a week, to avoid unnecessary wear and tread on your tyres and to maximise the mileage of your car.
The optimal time of the day to check the tyre pressure is in the morning when the air is quite cool and the car has not been driven yet. At that time, you can have a more precise reading of the tyre pressure.
The first step to maximise your car’s mileage is to pump those tyres properly
2. Keep the weight off the car
If you are honest, you may admit that most of the time your car is space for storage that you usually forget what the hell you put in it. Unfortunately, the result of this is not only hours of ransacking your house to find a thing lying in the trunk, but also a terrible mileage number.
You do not need to have a Master degree in Physics and work alongside Neil deGrasse Tyson to know that the more loaded your car is, the more fuel it requires to run. But the solution to this problem is very simple: schedule a car clean-up day, take a close look at every nook and cranny of your car, and ditch all the unnecessary stuff you keep on the back seats or in the trunk. You may be very surprised to see how much garbage your car has accumulated through time.
In case you protest and say something like “Hm, I may need this in a near future! Throwing it away is such a waste!”, stop right there and then. A rule of thumbs when cleaning your car (or anything for that matter) is that if you have been living just fine without the presence of that object for at least 4 months, you can probably get rid of it. If you still cling onto that object and refuse to throw it in the recycle bin, maybe put it somewhere else in the house like your garage or your storage room, just not in your car. Just so you know, an additional 45 kg (100 pounds) increase fuel consumption by 2%. Therefore, have a thorough clean up of your car and throw away things that you do not need on a regular basis.
Getting rid of all that extra weight makes your car more stable and increases the mileage number
3. Adopt good driving habits
Another important thing to keep in mind when you want to maximise your car’s mileage is that you should adopt GOOD driving habits. If you think that your driving habits are good enough because you have not caused any accident, just be patient, keep an open mind, and read the real GOOD habits below.
Do you know what is bad about idling? Your car is consuming gas even when it is standing still. So, when you are waiting for someone else, just turn off the engine if your car does not have the automatic idling-stop technology because having the engine on is just burning fuel without doing anything productive, in other words, burning your money. Nonetheless, we do advise you idle your car for a minute or two to warm up the engine before driving if you have to drive in extremely cold weather. In that case, allowing the engine to reach proper working temperature may save you some effort and time driving the car to work.
Be gentle with the pedals, or better yet, limit your use of the pedals
Before you scream “But what if I want to stop or speed up my car!”, keep calm and read this.
Braking, especially sudden braking, is actually the best way to waste all the energy that has been burned, and speeding up when the car is still makes the engine consume a lot more gas than usual. So, unless you have money to spare on some extra fuel, which we highly doubt since you are reading this article, go easy on the brake and accelerator pedals. Keep your eyes peeled for the road ahead, and slowly decrease the speed if you have to stop, for example, for a red light.
Sudden braking or accelerating might be fun for you, but if you want to save some cash, stop doing it!
Avoid idling and treating your pedals with care will maximise your car’s mileage
4. Plan your trip
Now that you know that idling and sudden brake or acceleration are really bad for fuel consumption, you need to avoid the situations in which you have to resort to those bad driving habits altogether, and the best way to do that is to plan your trip in advance.
If you can go to work on a route that has fewer traffic lights, take it, because you are less likely to idle or have a sudden brake moment. Or if you are able to schedule your trip so that you can avoid the traffic jam, do it! Driving in a rush hour means idling your car for hours on end, and you definitely do not want to waste precious fuel like that!
On the other hand, going on a long trip is likely to take less fuel than taking multiple short ones. So, take a little extra time before going out, plan ahead, and try to accomplish as many tasks at one go as you possibly can. By merging many short trips into one longer trip, you do not only save some money on fuel, but you also save some extra time.
Planning your trip ahead can save you some money on fuel and even some time to spend doing something else
5. Service your car regularly
This is kind of a no-brainer tip, but some people do make the excuse that they are too busy so they cannot take their car out for a servicing session, and if you belong in that “some people” group, you are risking wasting your money on fuel in the long run.
When the air filter is filthy, the oxygen sensor is not working properly, or the fuel filter is clogged with dirt and residues, you know that your car is not running at its best capacity, and the consequence is that more fuel will be consumed to compensate the energy spent dealing with the problems that you can totally avoid. If that does not sound good to you, you had better bring your car to have it serviced regularly. You may spend a bit more on servicing the car, but you do save money on fuel and your car may function properly for a longer period of time.
Have your car serviced often and your bank account will thank you for the extra cash saved on fuel
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