7 Fuel-Saving Tricks Every Driver Should Know

Whether you just want to save on gas or minimize the impact of your driving to the environment, you don’t have to ditch your old car for a hybrid one. Focus on these five fuel-saving tips for fuel-efficient, as well as environment-friendly, driving.

  1. Keep your engine warm

Since we’re trying to save on gas, avoid having to frequently start and stop the engine. If going for errands, try to string errands together and drive to your farthest destination first so you’ll have the engine heated up, and then work your way home.

  • Unload unnecessary stuffs

You don’t have to carry around a bag of sand, a case of oil or even that giant antique tool box you got from the thrift shop. So, free up some space n the trunk by unloading unnecessary stuff—the less your vehicle weighs, the more gas you’ll save.

  • Avoid driving during rush hour

Driving at a steady speed is more efficient in fuel than driving in lowest gear. Everytime your car starts and stops in traffic, your vehicle needs to return to first gear, and use significant amount of fuel to get it moving again. If part of your norm is travelling during rush hour, consider investing on a hybrid car for lesser fuel usage in town than a car in diesel or petrol.

  • Stick to the speed limit

If you ignore the speed limit, you would save some travel time and might think that you’re saving fuel, too. However, although you shaved off 20 minutes of your supposed travel time, you are wasting more fuel by working your engine too hard instead of saving it. While you are running 20 minutes less, your engine uses more fuel when you were on the road travelling 80mph instead of the 60mph speed limit.

  • Check tire pressures regularly

Check every tire’s pressure at least once a month. Tires that are under-inflated use more fuel. If the tires are eight pounds under-inflated, which is a common car condition, the rolling resistance of your car tires increase by five percent.

  • Drive smoothly

By driving in light throttle and light to moderate braking, you can economize fuel usage and help avoid wear and tear of your car gears. According to motor experts driving techniques influences the fuel efficiency of a vehicle by as much as 30 percent.

  • Avoid ‘revving’ the engine

Many drivers do this especially when about to switch off the engine. Revving up your car engine will only use up some more fuel unnecessarily and washer down the oil from inside the cylinder walls, which is a bad thing the next thing you start up your vehicle since the cylinder walls have dried up.

These are just some of the many ways you can save more car fuel. If you have tried most of these and still haven’t noticed any change in your car’s fuel consumption, it could be that the car needs to get checked by a professional mechanic.

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