A hedge fund manager, a football premier league player, and a C.E.O of a Multinational are some of the people who never worry about their fuel levels. They have the means to cushion themselves against any rises and you have definitely seen them driving past you in the crème Del crème car. However, for many of us, we rarely keep our eyes off the fuel gauge. Any rise in fuel price will definitely squeeze money that you want to save for that rainy day. Whereas, fuel must be burnt and by extension money when driving, it is helpful to learn some fuel saving measures to save money.
Here are seven tips to ease the pressure off your wallet.
One of the most important services you will do to your car is having a regular maintenance schedule as recommended by the manufacturer or a qualified mechanic. This will not only cut down on fuel wastage, but also extend your car life. During maintenance: Replace dirty air filters, change spark plug before they are due, align your car tires, replace spoilers if they are missing or broken and inspect the suspension. When changing oil, use a synthetic oil additive. All these schemes have been proven to work well.
High speed equals more fuel consumption. Unnecessary speeds should be avoided or minimized. Try to get the right cruising speed for the vehicle. If possible, get a cruise control to prevent you from going overboard. Braking should also be minimized as much as possible as it leads to fuel wastage. Also, learn to drive steadily as erratic driving styles mean more fuel consumption.
Lightening load is a sure way of cutting down on fuel consumption. More weight means more strain on the car engine leading to higher fuel consumption.
Carefully planning your trip will enable you known the right place to stop, the shortest route to use, how to avoid traffic jams, and combine multiple trips into one i.e. has a specific day for visiting the barber, taking clothes to the laundry, and going to the gym.
Poorly inflated tires means more fuel is used (up to 25%). For long distances, overinflate your tires by 10%. Be careful not to overinflate as is it not only dangerous, but also leads to more consumption of fuel.
Ideally, the right tyres are the ones recommended by the manufacturer. If it happens that you need to replace your tires and you don’t have a user-manual, go for tyres that have low resistance and narrow tires having less frontal areas.
Although, high octane gas delivers more power, it does not necessarily result in high performance for your car if it is the wrong type of car. This fuel is expensive and it is advisable to stick to the regular fuel if your goal is to save money. Ideally, you should purchase the fuel recommended by your car manufacturer.