Owning a car is our modern life is no longer a privilege but a necessity. But it comes at a cost: maintenance, gas, repairs etc… To save some money, you’ll want to diminish your oil consumption and gas mileage. Here are our 5 essential tips to optimize savings on fuel:
- Slow Down, Take Your Time
Going fast like a speed demon is pretty satisfying, won’t deny it. However, please keep in mind this quite obviously is a terrible way to save on fuel. That is due to the fact that you’re overusing your engine in order to propel yourself at such speeds. Unfortunately, speed isn’t proportionate to fuel consumption, meaning that the faster you want to go, the greater the drag is, and you’ll be using up way more gas than necessary.
Apart from reducing your overall speed, you can simply go easier on the pedals and not do “acceleration spikes”. For example when the light turns yellow, many people have the feeling they must get pass that traffic light before it turns red. The yellow light means you’re supposed to stop, not that you should speed up. By doing so, you’ll once more be burning more fuel with the sudden and brutal acceleration.
Ok, now you’ve come to a full stop; the lights go back to green… No need to stomp the hell out of your acceleration pedal, start slowly and steadily, to minimize the strain on your engine. Don’t beat around the bush forever though or everyone behind will feel like murdering you: take it easy, but not too much!
2. Beware of your vehicle’s weight
If you’re going on holidays, or have to move a few heavy articles, you shouldn’t take your everyday usage car. Opt for a cargo or delivery truck that was specially designed for transporting multiple heavy items without it taking its toll on your gas consumption. If you’re really desperate, just put less stuff in there. Finally, try to diminish the amount of weight put on your vehicle at all times. The heavier the vehicle, the more the engine will have to more gas for the car to move.
3. Reduce Drag
If you’re not sure what drag represents, consider it as friction. Basically, when you try to move forward, the air basically decreases your speed and is a factor that increases energy consumption rate. Of course, the drag depends mainly on two factors: the moving object’s structure (in this situation your car), and its speed. If you add a roof rack for example, it’ll oppose more friction with air and cause your speed to decrease. Thus, your engine will compensate by using more fuel in order to keep your speed up. Remove the roof rack if you don’t need it: only if you actually are going to use it. If you keep it on because you’re lazy, check out the latest models that can be removed and put back in a matter of seconds.
4. Make Sure Your Tire Pressure is On Point
This is probably the easiest way to optimize your gas mileage. Despite it being neglected very often, inflating your tires to correct pressure is one of the keys to diminish your oil consumption. Using tires on low pressure increases the resistance of your tires on the road. That’ll not only decrease your steering accuracy, but decrease dramatically your speed, robbing you of fuel and money.
Normally, on the lower part of your door, your pressure tire is indicated. Not sure how to inflate tires accurately? It’s seriously idiot proof, just open the cap on the tire, stick the air valve in and wait until the red arrow on the barometer reaches the desired pressure. What’s even better is that if your tire pressure is abnormal, in most cars, you’ll get a warning that your tire pressure needs to be adjusted.
5. “Smooth” Driving and Well Rounded Gear Knowledge
This solely relies on your driving skills, but in order to maximize your distance travelled with as less oil as possible, using the correct gear at all times, and driving at a stable rate will always help saving gas.
Let’s imagine you’re at 40 mph. Instead of using the third gear, use your fifth instead to save up to 25% fuel! You should technically be at all times on the gear “over” the speed rather than “under”. If not, your oil consumption rate will be absolutely mad, and you could be using more than 45% fuel than what is necessary.
Come on, you know how to drive yes, but can you drive well? If not, it’s time to seriously get at it.
And that’s about it for our 5 best tips to maximize your gas mileage. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks about becoming a better driver!