It’s really exasperating to see fuel prices skyrocketing, right? We
can only feel helpless in the face of recurring and economy-driven price
fluctuations. Seeking measures to improve fuel economy is the only way
to combat rising fuel prices. Do not disregard these simple guidelines;
each little step can really start adding up to significant savings to
Check Tyre Pressure
Keeping the tyres well inflated is one of the simplest things you can
do to help improve your car’s fuel efficiency. You can improve the
mileage by about 3.3 percent if you keep your tyres inflated properly,
according to the DOE.
Lighten Your Load
Empty out your boot of unnecessary items. For every extra 45 kg you
carry, your fuel efficiency can drop by 1-2% in a typical vehicle.
The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. Driving within the speed
limit recommended by the manufacturer helps save fuel. Driving just
5mph over the speed limit can affect fuel economy by up to 23%.
Likewise, quick acceleration consumes too much fuel; accelerate slowly
Do Fuel Quality/Types/Additives Help Mileage?
Petrol pump attendants often try to convince you to go for ‘Speed
petrol’ or ‘X-tra Mile diesel’. But this need not necessarily help
improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Always use the grade recommended
for the vehicle by the manufacturer. Higher octane fuel may not only be
a waste of money but may harm the vehicle, as well. However sticking to
one brand of fuel is always good for the engine. Know more about Octane Ratings
Tune Your Engine
A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy by up to 4%. So change
your oil and follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing.
Clean the Air Filters Regularly
Air filters keep impurities from damaging your engine. Replacing a
clogged air filter can improve fuel economy by as much as 10%.
Keep the Windows Closed
Driving with your windows open considerably reduces mileage, far more
than keeping the AC on while driving along highways. So preferably keep
the windows closed and the AC on if you want to keep cool. Of course
the air-conditioning decreases fuel efficiency considerably, so use it
judiciously. Windows down or A/C on — which is more fuel-efficient?
Clean Spark Plugs
Ensure your spark plugs are in good condition. Renew the plugs and
wires at intervals specified by the manufacturer. This will keep all
cylinders firing properly resulting in higher efficiency.
Don’t Be a Clutch-Driver
Never keep your foot on the clutch while driving. When you do this,
pressure is being placed on your clutch, and it not only reduces
mileage, but also wears out the clutch plate, replacing which is not
Keep the Car in Showroom Condition
It’s always prudent to keep the car in the showroom condition.
Remember that any modification to the car, such as broad tyres,
diffusers etc., will adversely affect the mileage.