Gas prices keep on rising, further denting the pockets of motorists who already have insurance and maintenance costs to worry them and are also burdened with the cost of living as well.
While there is little you can do as a motorist about the price of gas, there is so much that you can do as a car owner to make your car more fuel efficient. Making your car more fuel efficient will reward you with more mileage for a given unit of gasoline and a few dollars in savings.
In this article, you’ll learn tips to spend less on gasoline.
Buy the right car
It starts right off with the type of car you buy. Look at the fuel rating of a car before you buy it and compare it that of its competitors.
Buy a car depending on the use you’ll have for it and your financial capability. Remember gas is a costly running cost of owning a vehicle and buying a fuel guzzler you cannot afford to fuel will put you in a financial bind.
Service your car regularly to have it operating at the optimal fuel efficiency. Do not miss your service dates just because you can’t hear funny sounds yet.
Check the quality of your engine oil and have it changed regularly so all the mechanical components of your engine can operate smoothly.
Choose low rolling resistance tires and always ensure they are inflated to the right pressure. Overinflated tires have a risk of bursting and putting your safety on the line. Underinflated tires on the other hand reduce the fuel efficiency of the vehicle since more energy (gasoline) is needed to propel it forward.
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Turn off the air conditioner
An air conditioner is an electrical appliance operated by your car battery. It therefore does not rely directly on the engine for its operation but the battery has to be recharged by the engine.
Therefore having you air conditioner on results in more fuel consumption as the battery gets recharged.
Plan your route
Plan your journey before starting the engine. You should map out the route to be followed and assessed the possibility of traffic jams on it.
This prevents you from getting lost and spending hours burning fuel as you find you way back as well risking your life.
Additionally, you spend less fuel when you drive at steady speed instead of the start-stop movement that happens during a traffic gridlock.
Empty the trunk
Empty your trunk of any unnecessary luggage. Additional weight requires the engine to consume more fuel in order to keep the vehicle moving.
In the same line, do not overburden your vehicle with a roof rack that adds weight and increases aerodynamic drag on the vehicle.
If you must have a roof rack, opt for a detachable one that can be removed when not needed.
Switch off the engine
Switch off your engine if you are going to remain stationary for more than 30 seconds. An idle engine still burns gas although for any time less than half a minute, the consumption on restarting is far much more than that consumed during idling time.