EFFECTIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR VEHICLE’S FUEL ECONOMY
Driving is costly, and the expenses never seem to stop; buying a car, paying for its maintenance and insurance installments, makes owning and driving a vehicle a major life decision. However, the price of gasoline is often where we hear the most complaints from drivers claiming that it’s making driving unaffordable. Ensuring that you are maximizing your car’s fuel efficiency is imperative for a driver. Here are five ways to improve your vehicle’s fuel economy:
CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE
Unfortunately, many drivers do not regularly inspect their four tires and presume that if their tires aren’t flat, they don’t need to be checked. However, the fact is, driving on improperly inflated tires can waste gasoline. Tires that contain correct air pressure drive fluently without any resistance. Tires that are low on oxygen suffer from rolling resistance which requires the engine to work harder to get you where you wish to go. Details about how many PSI (pound-force per square inch) should be used in your tires are typically listed on the inside of the driver’s side door.
OPTIMIZE YOUR CRUISE CONTROL
When you’re driving through residential and city streets, you will see a lot of stop-and-go traffic. Stop lights, stop signs and school zones will require you to adjust your speeds for your surroundings consistently. Using cruise control in these areas doesn’t make sense, however, when you are driving on long country roads or highways where the speed limit stays that same for many kilometres, utilize cruise control options on your vehicle to prevent fluctuations in speed. Using cruise control sets your engine’s RPMs to a solidified rate which prevents overconsumption of fuel.
ENSURE YOUR GAS CAP IS TIGHT
After you fill up your gas tank, it is imperative to ensure that you tighten your gas cap so that you do not allow gas fumes to escape. If your gas cap is cracked or damaged, you will find out that your fuel is depleting an alarming rate. If you must replace your gas cap, most auto dealers or automotive stores will have adequate replacements for sale.
SCHEDULE YOUR DAY TO PREVENT MAKING MULTIPLE TRIPS
Life is understandably busy, and although situations will arise where you will need to run spontaneous errands, planning and scheduling your errands to be completed in a single trip goes a long way in preserving fuel. For example, if you must take a shirt into the dry cleaners and need to grocery shopping, try doing it all in one trip. When your engine is warmed up, it requires less energy to operate and is more fuel efficient.
SCHEDULE ROUTINE MAINTENANCE CHECK-UPS
Bringing your vehicle into a licensed mechanic to ensure your engine is operating efficiently is a major key in establishing excellent fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, without knowing exactly what is wrong under the hood of your vehicle, there could be barriers preventing your from optimizing your fuel economy such as a dirty cabin air filter, misaligned wheels, worn out spark plugs/O2 sensors, and even eroded battery cables.