Owning your own car these days is quite frankly a fundamental necessity of modern life and no longer a luxury privilege, but unfortunately the cost of motoring is only going up. Although car repairs and maintenance costs can be rather expensive sometimes, one price that is constantly changing is the price of fuel. As fuel prices continue to climb, increasing your fuel mileage is the best way to protect your wallet.
Here are a few ways on how you can increase your car's efficiency and spend less money on fuel:
1. Watch the weight
To help increase your car's efficiency you should remove any excess weight from your vehicle. If your car is loaded with extra weight, this means that your engine has to work a little harder in order to move the car, which reduces your mileage. You'd be surprised at just how much those items in your car can weigh, therefore, lightening your car's load and removing any unnecessary items from your car, this can help to extend the utility of the fuel your put into your tank.
2. Reduce the drag
Where possible, you should try and reduce carrying any external kit on your car, for example, avoid carrying any roof racks and any other storage accessories on your car when they aren't being used. If you do carry roof boxes or bike racks on your car, it's the unusual surfaces of these accessories that can increase the aerodynamic drag as well as your fuel consumption.
3. Turn off the air-con
You should try to avoid using your air conditioning where possible as this can put a strain on your engine and cause you to use more fuel, especially in stop-and-go city driving.
4. Change up early
If you're driving a manual you should always try and run your car in the highest gear possible. Doing this will improve your fuel efficiency as your engine doesn't have to work as hard to run on the higher speed limits of a particular gear. You should be gentle and change gear early, gradually bringing your car up to speed and minimising your braking.
5. Properly inflated tyres
Inflating your tyres to the correct pressure is one of the easiest ways you can improve your car's fuel consumption by up to 3%. You should ensure that your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, which you can find in your manual. You may be able to tell from just looking at your tyres that they are low, but if they are just slightly low you may not notice and this could significantly reduce your mileage. It is recommended that you check your tyres monthly, preferably once a week, as this will also help you to avoid uneven tyre wear.
6. Obey the speed limit
By obeying the speed limits, will not only keep you from getting costly speeding tickets, but it will also have an effect on how much fuel your burning. Although cars vary at which speeds they are most efficient, most cars will burn fuel less efficiently at speeds of 60 miles per hour or more.
7. Cruise control
Many motorists often end up trying to match the speed of their vehicle to others on the road. If you use cruise control, this will help you to maintain a constant speed, which can help to reduce fuel consumption. It will also help you to maintain a speed that is legal and safe as well as reducing your need to accelerate and use your brakes, which can impact your fuel economy.
8. Plan your journey
Before heading out it's always wise to plan your journey in an attempt to avoid any traffic black spots and busy times if possible. Make a note of the places you need to go and try to accomplish multiple objectives in a single trip. For example, rather than finishing work and going straight home to then have to go back out to the supermarket, why not go to the supermarket on your way home? Several short trips can actually consume more fuel, so plan carefully, complete your errands, and don't waste any precious fuel.