Buying the cheapest petrol and diesel is the easiest way to cut your fuel costs, but there are other things […]
Buying the cheapest petrol and diesel is the easiest way to cut your fuel costs, but there are other things you can do to get the most mileage out of your tank.
Here are 5 life hacks that will help you to cut not only fuel but also maintenance costs.
1. Remove unnecessary weight.
Some drivers prefer to carry everything in the car, regardless of whether they need it or not. It is better to unload the trunk and keep only necessary things, such as a spare wheel, a tire jack, and cap keys. The more weight your vehicle carries, the more fuel it consumes.
2. Don’t drive when it rains.
When it rains, there is a high risk of an accident. But apart from that, fuel consumption also gets higher. On dry days, the vehicle consumes a lot of energy when accelerating to cope with the wind drag. On rainy days, the water resistance on the road is even higher.
3. Turn off the air conditioning.
In this case, everyone must decide for themselves which is more important: comfort or fuel economy? With the air conditioner turned on, fuel consumption increases by 15% on average. The other electrical appliances are not so fuel hungry. So if you turn off the air con, you will save approximately 1 halon of gas per 100 miles.
4. Use cruise control on the highway.
Your vehicle will consume much less fuel if you follow speed limits and use cruise control rather than accelerating on each open road section. To cope with wind drag, your car has to increase engine speed, increasing fuel consumption.
5. Don’t put the pedal to the metal.
One sees a lot of drivers on the roads who just love to slam on the acceleration. But in driving school, we were told that acceleration and braking should be done smoothly because it guarantees reduced fuel consumption. When you accelerate sharply, it makes your car consume more energy, thus fuel consumption also increases.