In the days ever rising fuel prices, the fuel bills are digging deep
into the pockets of a common man. I’m going to share some practices
which can get you more miles out of your fuel by increasing the fuel average or fuel mileage of your car.
Tip 1: Do not accelerate too fast
Too quick acceleration consumes too much fuel, accelerate slowly and
gradually. That will save quite a significant amount of fuel in city
Tip 2: Do not use clutch too much (Stick Shift Only)
If you use a manual transmission car, as is mostly used by people in
India, do-not drive with clutch pressed, or use clutch only when needed,
too much use of clutch will waste a lot of fuel.
Tip 3: Change gears appropriately (Stick Shify Only)
This is also applicable for manual transmission cars. Use correct
gears at correct speeds, this will help save the fuel. For correct
speeds, see your car’s user manual.
Tip 4: No Excuses to delay car service
Get the car serviced as per manufacturer’s recommended schedule. This
will ensure good health of engine, less maintenance due to break-down.
Tip 5: Do you drive in dusty environment? Clean the Air-filter
If you drive in dusty environment the air-filter gets filled with dust and makes the engine suffocated. Clean the air-filter more often than the service schedule( say every 5000 KM or so) , this will help the engine run more easy and consume less fuel. Trust me, its going to really help.
Tip 6: Red-Signal Ahead? Put the feet off the accelerator
If you are sure that you got to stop after next 100 or 200 meters due
to a red signal, keep your feet off the accelerator and car will slow
down on engine’s resistance, saving on fuel as well as the brake shoes,
apply brakes only when about to stop. This is a great help to save that
extra drop of fuel.
Tip 7: Air Pressure in tyres
Get the air-pressure in tyres up to the recommended pressure, and
check it once at least in 15 days, it helps the car run smooth and drink
Tip 8: Try to keep a constant max speed
When driving in a city or highway, try to maintain a constant speed,
that will help the engine put less effort to accelerate or decelerate
unnecessarily. This will help reduce fuel consumption.
Tip 9: Keep the window’s glass rolled up on highways
Driving with AC on and glasses rolled up will actually help the car
move easy because when windows are open, the car faces more air-drag due
to cross ventilation through car, thus consuming more fuel. So always
try to keep windows rolled up specially when driving at high speeds.
Tip 10: Buy fuel during morning hours
Buying fuel during morning hours makes sense, because the fuel is a
liquid and cools during night hours as temperature is low, and it
becomes more dense, so in night hours, you get more weight of fuel for
same litres, so its like a bargain in fuel amount
Tip 11: Re-fuel your car when tank is close to half
This will help reduce the vapors formation in tank, which moves out
as you open the lid to re-fuel, thus saving some amount of fuel in the
Tip 12: Clean up the crap from the boot-space
Remove any un-necessary luggage or stuff that you don’t need from
back space, that will let the car feel light and run easy on less fuel.
Save fuel, burn it less, save economy and environment both, for a greener and cleaner tomorrow.