Ten Tips to Save on Fuel
By Sam Butterworth
Fuel costs continue to
escalate and gas prices threaten to continue doing so as oil supplies
dwindle and oil consequently become more and more expensive. People
are also more conscious than they have been in the past about the
environmental effects of driving cars that guzzle gas.
For these reasons an
increasing number of people are conscious of the amount of gas they
use and are trying to use less. The good news is that there are a
number of ways to save on fuel, and 10 of those follow:
1) Slow it down
If you are concerned
about burning through your fuel tank too quickly, the most simple
answer it slow down. Reducing your driving speed will increase the
economy of your vehicle dramatically. So if you’re not in a
rush, ease off the pedal and relax and enjoy the journey.
2) Tyre pressure
Having your tyres
inflated to the proper level is important as underinflated tyres are
a common cause of excess gas usage. Tyres naturally lose air over
time so make sure that you refill them every week or so, to ensure
they don’t get too low and cost you in extra fuel.
3) Accelerate steadily
Getting off to a flying
start may be fun for some people, but it will cost them when they
come to refuel their car. Harsh acceleration wastes gas unnecessarily
and can be avoided with a smooth takeoff.
4) Check the air filter
If your air filter is
dirty it can restrict the amount of air getting into the engine. This
compromises vehicle performance and can mean that more fuel is needed
to keep your car going.
5) Cool off naturally
If you are a fan of air
con then this is a way for you to save on your vehicle’s fuel
bills. Air conditioning means that your car uses more gas than it
would if you switched it off, so roll down the windows and breathe in
some fresh air – and save.
6) Keep a steady pace
Stopping and starting
and slowing and speeding up is a guaranteed way to burn through your
fuel. Take a look at trucks and see how they seem to cruise along
steadily, not at great speed, but not using excessive fuel either.
7) Don’t be a wide boy
You may think that big
chunky tyres pimp up your car and make it look super-cool, but wider
tyres will cost you more. Because there is more tyre there will be
more resistance when driving, reducing fuel economy.
8) Keep your car light
If your car is full of
old junk that you don’t need, get rid of it. Any extra weight
in your vehicle means it needs more fuel to carry it all.
If you want to
immediately reduce your fuel costs you could just buy a smaller, more
economical car. There are some great fuel-efficient autos on the
roads today and hybrids could save you even more.
10) Ditch the car
travelling a short distance why not walk or go by bicycle? This is a
great way to save fuel and it has the added bonus of getting you
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