To help economize on fuel consumption, there are several key actions that one can readily perform —- though perhaps the most comprehensive would be to replace your car with a new, fuel-efficient model.
In the event that is not feasible, try adopting some new driving habits to boost your fuel economy. Below is a list of eleven tips and suggestions for you:
Anticipation and Strategizing – This is perhaps the single most effective way to conserve fuel. By anticipating what is happening ahead, you can drive in such a way as to minimize acceleration and braking, and maximize coasting time.
Smoother Driving – Though it’s clearly tied in to the suggestion above, accelerating and braking aggressively considerably decreases overall mileage of any vehicle. Adopting a smoother manner in this regard would be financially advantageous and reduce wear and tear on your car as well.
Avoid Idling – If you’ll be idling for more than thirty seconds, turn you engine off. Don’t concern yourself with the burst of fuel needed to restart; you still conserve overall by not idling.
Use Cruise Control – Keeping your driving speed steady and at a constant moderate pace is quite fuel efficient and using cruise control takes the guess work out of it.
Keep Your Car Well Maintained – A dirty air filter or spark plugs that are in poor condition can reduce your fuel mileage up to 20%.
Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated – Not only are under-inflated tires dangerous, they soak up fuel. Neither are over-inflated tires efficient so it’s best to keep your tires properly inflated, balanced and aligned.
Optimize Your Travel – Try as much as possible to consolidate your trips, and, if at all possible, alter the time you travel, avoiding the busiest times.
Refrain from Overfilling Your Tank – Trust the auto-shutoff at the gas station as overfilling can be wasteful.
Reduce Drag and Mass – A tremendous amount of your vehicle’s energy is expended in overcoming air resistance. This workload can be dramatically reduced by removing luggage or bike racks, using lower profile tires, emptying your trunk of unnecessary items and rolling up your windows. Though some may find it inconvenient and perhaps nerve-racking, you might consider driving on a mostly empty fuel tank, thus decreasing your vehicle’s mass and improving economy.
Ensure that Your Gas Cap is Snug-Fitting – If your gas cap is unseated, gas is simply vaporizing!
Use the Right Octane Level for Your Car – You can save money by using the lowest octane gasoline that your car will tolerate. Though there may be performance loss, some vehicles that call for higher octane fuel can in fact run on regular unleaded. We suggest that you check your owner’s manual for this.
We certainly hope that these tips are helpful in conserving fuel and saving you some dough! At Davis Body Shop, we are ready to discuss any car-related topic with you! Drop by or simply ring us…. Our numbers are: Atascadero (805) 466-2446 or Paso Robles (805) 239-8752. Also, please stay in touch with us on Facebook!