Though the price of fuel and petrol may have moved southwards over the past two years, it has now again started rising. Since petrol and gasoline is a regular consumable, as vehicle owners and drivers we need to find out ways and means by which the expenses on fuel can be reduced. Here are a few such trips.
Many of us are indiscriminate when it comes to running our vehicles and make unnecessary trips. Hence this is the first method by which we can reduce increasing petrol and fuel expenses.
There is no doubt that air conditioning of vehicles consumes lot of petrol. While it may not be avoidable during summer months, we need to find out ways and means by which we can avoid indiscriminate use of air conditioning. This in itself could help save hundreds of dollars on a long term basis.
The lower the pressure of tires, the higher will be the fuel consumption because the engine will have to work that much more. Hence, you must ensure the right tire pressure at all points of time.
Speeding beyond the set limits could also lead to higher fuel consumption. However at the same time driving too slow could also lead to drainage of fuel. Therefore you must try and stick to the optimum speed levels of 60 to 70 mph.
When you are on daily trips it would be preferable to travel light and keep the boot as light as possible. Too many accessories again put a burden on the engine leading to higher fuel consumption.
Keeping the windows and sunroofs closed makes the car aerodynamic and reduces drag quite significantly. This in itself could save quite a few gallons of petrol especially on long drives.
The higher the gear you drive in, the lesser will be the strain on the engine. The rpm will also get reduced quite significantly and this could have a positive impact on fuel consumption.
Travelling during peak hours certainly contributes quite a bit to rising fuel costs. Hence, you must plan your journey as best as you can and avoid traffic snarls and other such impediments.
If you are stuck in traffic jam or would like to spend a minute or two in a stationary mode, it would be always better to switch off the engine because this could avoid wastage of fuel quite significantly.
Screeching your vehicle to a grinding halt just to impress passersby and onlookers is being naïve to say the least. It will not only wear your tires off fast but will also lead to higher fuel consumption.