Driving Habits For Better Fuel Economy

Driving Habits

Every vehicle owner feels the pinch of high fuel prices on their wallets. Cars today are built to be more fuel-efficient, but it's not enough. There are ways that can help you drive more fuel efficiently. Using these techniques will be kinder to your car's wear and tear, kinder to your pocket, and it'll also be kinder to the environment by reducing your carbon emissions up to as much as 25%. There are many advantages; let's discuss them more in detail, shall we?

Accelerate Smoothly

Don't accelerate your car too fast. Harder acceleration uses more fuel. When you take off from a complete stop, don't accelerate the car's RPM into the thousands. Take your time to accelerate softly and ease into each gear. For automatic vehicles, place your foot gently on the pedal to accelerate.

Keep a Steady Speed

Consider using your cruise control once you're on the move, especially on the highway. Make friends with gravity and permit the vehicle to glide downhill whenever possible. Keep your foot off the accelerator. Dipping up and down in speeds and travelling at high speeds can increase the car's fuel usage by up to 20%. A steady speed of 100 km/h is far more fuel-efficient than travelling at 120 km/h. Try to keep your speed at around 100 km/h if the traffic permits it.


Utilize the Air-conditioning Sparingly

In the heat of summer, it's very nice to keep the air-conditioner on, but it's not very nice for your fuel consumption. Wherever possible, try to keep the aircon off and open the windows to let some cool air circulate in the cabin. If you really have to put the aircon on, we advise that you select the re-circulate option. That'll minimize the fuel consumption.

Plan Ahead, Try to Drive Less, and Combine Trips

Listen to radio traffic reports and try to avoid accidents or congested areas. Whenever possible, see if you can combine trips with work colleagues to get to work. You can also plan ahead and do all your errands and shopping in one day. If you're trying to get healthy, see where you can walk or ride your bicycle to get to your destination. You'll not only improve your health and the health of the environment, but you'll also improve the health of your car by reducing its wear and tear on the engine.


Keep Tires at the Recommended Pressure

Most vehicle owners forget to check the pressure of the tires regularly. It makes a difference in fuel consumption, so check your tire pressure at least once a month.

Final Thoughts

These tips are very basic but very effective in reducing fuel consumption and the impact of the cost. Challenge yourself and keep records of the distance you can travel between filling up each time.