How to Save Money on Car Fuel
Due to the imminent shortage of gasoline and rising fuel prices, the question of gas economy is becoming much more urgent. There are many ways with which you can save a lot of car gas already today.
Below we have given practical tips that can help you to save money on car gas by up to 20%. We hope that they will help you.
1. Prepare Your Car
You can fight with undue expenses on a properly working car. The power and ignition systems should be properly adjusted and there should be no oil starvation. Usually, these works are conducted by car repair services, but there is an opportunity to check something yourself.
If you have a modern car from the leading auto manufacturers, then the operation of its units is controlled by various systems based on electronic components. To ensure the maximum efficiency of your engine, it is necessary to undergo periodic diagnostics by an authorized dealer who has the necessary equipment and software for this. A poorly tuned engine can use up to 50 percent more fuel.
If you have a budget car, do not be too lazy to raise the hood and check the air filter. If it is clogged, then your engine receives less air and an excessively rich mixture is formed. As a result, occurs non-optimal combustion and over-consumption of car gas. Accordingly, a clean air filter can save money on car gas.
Another way to reduce fuel consumption is to use synthetic or semi-synthetic motor oil with lower viscosity, which provides easier sliding of parts.
One of the easiest ways to influence fuel consumption is to maintain the proper tire pressure. Slightly deflated wheels have a greater rolling resistance, and therefore need more energy to move the car. If you are going on a trip, you can exceed your tire pressure.
2. The Manner of Driving
Having prepared your car, you can go on the road. Here are some useful tips for those who want to spend a little gasoline.
One of the main tips is a smooth acceleration. It is just physics, the more the acceleration you need to make, the more gas you have to spend. Try to reduce the amplitude of your right foot at the start and make it smooth. Pay attention to how big trucks travel; they move slowly and without fast acceleration gain their speed.
The more acceleration you gave to the car, the more energy is lost once braking. Hence one more rule: count your actions relative to the traffic situation. If you need to stop, start to change your speed in advance.
If you have a car with a manual gearbox, you need to monitor the tachometer. When you reach a certain number of revolutions (on different cars it varies from 1500 to 3000 rpm), switch to a higher gear. The only case when this rule should be neglected is when overtaking. Here, security issues are more important than saving, and it is better to add turnovers for a successful maneuver.
3. Behaviour on the Road
The Department of Transportation of Great Britain conducted research that resulted in the following figures: fuel consumption increases sharply at a speed of 138. The car uses approximately 25% more fuel than on 113 km/h speed and at 113 km per hour approximately 10% more, than at 97 km/h. So if you want to save, do not chase. Each car has its own “economical” speed, but it usually does not exceed 120 km/h. On new vehicles, it can be tracked by turning on the button to show instant fuel consumption, and for long-distance trains to maintain the optimum speed will help of cruise control feature.
When driving at high speed, it’s better to close the windows, which in the open state create additional turbulence in the air. This measure stabilizes the aerodynamic coefficient of the car. If you are an experienced driver and good at keeping distance, try driving after another car in its “air bag”.
The resistance of water is greater than that of air. Everyone felt how difficult it was for a car to move when entering a puddle. If possible, go around “water obstacles” during the rain and reduce the speed of your car. This is also beneficial from a security point of view.
If the traffic situation allows, that is extremely rare, you can “straighten” your turnings. This helps to keep a more even speed.
On the altitude difference, you can try to use a roll: when driving down, choose a neutral position on the gearbox, but do not muffle the engine. Before lifting, select the appropriate transmission speed and gently pressing on the gas, climb up the hill.
4. Remove Excess Items from Your Trunk
From the physics point of view, the more the weight of an object is, the more effort it takes to move it. Periodically check the contents of your trunk, and sometimes the interior to remove all unnecessary things. If you are going to save gas and conduct a proper money management, you do not need to use your car as storage. No wonder leading manufacturers are struggling to reduce the weight of vehicles, inserting aluminum parts. Weight reduction for a couple of tens of kilograms is already considered an achievement, and car gas savings from this can reach a few percents.
5. Avoid Traffic Jams
To begin with, try not to get stuck in them. Track the traffic on the future route of the trip, and choose the appropriate time. Try to drive less during peak hours. As it was said above – smoothly accelerate and smoothly stop. Watch not only on the car moving in front of you but also for the previous one – this will help you to lose speed in advance. If you stand tight you can muffle the engine.
In order to save money, forget about tuning your car. Wider wheels increase rolling resistance, different spoilers start to work only at high speeds, and in normal modes create excessive resistance, and even an empty trunk on the roof gives a small increase in gas consumption.
Do you know that if you keep your car clean it will save fuel consumption? According to Myth Busters, they measured the difference in fuel economy between a dirty and clean car and find that clean car will got two more miles per gallon of fuel than a dirty one. So over 10 years, you will save over 1000$ just by keeping your car clean.
As you can see, there
are many ways to save car gas. Follow these tips and your fuel consumption will decrease significantly. Do you have your own recommendation on how to save money on car gas consumption? Then share it in the comments below!
Tim Fox a co-founder and writer at The Elite blog where he and his friend share their love for car and motorcycle with their audience.