Maximising your fuel’s efficiency

Now that fuel prices are constantly rising, it is very important and wise to get the most out of your fuel and travel longer mileage per litre. The way you drive and maintain your vehicle is a big factor on how it utilises your fuel.

Upon reading this article, you may find that you’ll have to change your driving style so you can get the most mileage from your tank of fuel. By following the below tips for maximum fuel efficiency, it can help you save money in the long run, while enjoying longer mileage with your car.

Tip #1: Always check your tyres

It is important to always check your tyres to make sure that they are inflated properly. Otherwise, tyres that don’t have the right amount of air and pressure will increase the amount of drag that the car engine has to cope with, making it use more fuel. By purchasing your own tyre gauge, or making a regular trip to your gasoline station, you can always monitor if your pressures are below normal. This may not result to a drastic increase in your mileage, but when the fuel saved adds up in the long run, you will see that it is all worth it.

Tip #2: Change your driving style

To be more fuel-efficient, slow down. Drive smoothly and relaxed, and follow the speed limit at all times. Furthermore, you also have to anticipate the road ahead of you, so you have time and window to choose the right gear, preventing sudden and brakes that will then also eat up more fuel when you need to accelerate again. By reducing speed and driving carefully, fuel efficiency is always guaranteed.

Tip #3: Remove unnecessary weight

While travelling, don’t carry unnecessary weight with you in the car. Similar to deflated tyres, weighted cars also increase the drag that the engine needs to work against to get the car moving. Look around your vehicle and check if there are items you don’t need for your travel – it could be pairs of shoes, or sporting equipment that you did not get to unload last time.

If your vehicle has a roof rack, don’t drive around with it unless you will use it. Roof racks also provide unnecessary drag to the vehicle, making it use more fuel. Furthermore, it is advised that you filling up fuel in smaller, regular amounts is better than a full tank, because of the excess weight that the car will have to deal with.

Tip #4: Stop idling around

If you have to start your car, make sure that you are about to drive away soon. Letting the car sit and ‘warm up’ makes the engine idle, which also eats up more fuel compared to turning it off and just restarting again later. Furthermore, it is not advised for drivers to shift to neutral while stopping on a red light, or for any other reason. Drivers should just choose the drive option and step on the brakes. The neutral option also makes engines assume idle mode, and again will eat up more fuel than it should.