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Tips On Getting Good Mileage...

20 February 2015, 05:50 PM

For many of us, fuel is among the major daily expenses, and it’s not surprising that we keep a close check on the fuel prices. The exceeding demand of the fuel and uncertain fuel prices, at international level, are the key factors that determine our national fuel cost. Such price fluctuations directly impact our monthly budget as well, so the best way to deal with this issue is to improve mileage of your car. Now, the big question is how to get good mileage in car? There are various fuel saving car tips that will help you increase the mileage of your car, thus saving a lot of money for you.

Keep the pressure on

Underinflated tyres affect the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. The reduced pressure increases the contact space and friction between the tyre surface and road, and it’s dangerous too. Make sure that the tyres are inflated at the recommended pressure levels, and checked once a week.

Regular maintenance

In poor running conditions, a car sucks more oil or gas. Check the fuel filter, air filter and spark plugs on regular basis. Keep them clean.

Operate smoothly

The car controls, especially the brake pedals and accelerators, need to be operated smoothly. At low rpm, the vehicle consumes less fuel; but as you throttle hard, it sucks more oil for instant speed. For manual vehicles, it’s certainly best to shift gears aptly with the changing RPMs.

Plan trips and route

Planning trips and route will significantly improve car mileage. It avoids the unnecessary driving, halts and turns on the way.

Reduce drag

Most of the engine’s energy goes in overcoming air resistance. So, keep the windows up at high speeds. To reduce the vehicle’s workload, use the narrow tyres and remove the thing that cause aerodynamic drag like luggage racks.

All geared up

A car consumes more fuel in lower gears. Select an appropriate gear, to reduce engine’ workload, that maintain a speed with the throttle. Use of higher gears is encouraged.

Lighten some load

Heavy cars cause more load over the engine. With an extra 100 pounds, the fuel consumption increases by 1-2%. Remove the spare tyre and child safety seats, if you don’t use.

Don’t idle engine

Excessive idling also leads to more fuel consumption. Turn off the engine while waiting for someone or at a non-traffic stop.

Drive slow

Driving slow can improve fuel economy up to 33%.

Use synthetic oil and oil additive

Synthetic or light engine lubricants can save fuel consumption up to 5%, and adding an additive enhances it by 15%.

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