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Top 5 pro tips to increase fuel-efficiency

By implementing the following five fuel-efficient driving techniques, you can achieve substantial savings on fuel costs, enhance road safety, and minimize wear on your vehicle. These practices have the potential to reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25%.

Embrace these strategies to maximize fuel-efficiency and environmental sustainability while driving:

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  1. Gentle acceleration can lead to significant fuel savings each year, reduce vehicle wear, and enhance road safety. Gradually press the accelerator pedal in city driving, taking around 5 seconds to reach 20 kilometers per hour from a standstill. Imagine a cup of coffee on your dashboard and aim not to spill it.
  2. Maintaining a consistent speed is key to minimizing fuel consumption and expenses. Fluctuating between 75 and 85 kilometers per hour every 18 seconds can increase fuel usage by up to 20%. Consider using cruise control during highway driving when it’s safe, but also take advantage of natural gravity by allowing your speed to decrease while going uphill and regain momentum while going downhill, if traffic conditions allow.
  3. Anticipate traffic by observing the road ahead and maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. By attentively observing other cars and pedestrians and predicting their actions, you can maintain a steady speed, improve fuel efficiency, and enhance overall safety.
  4. Adhere to speed limits for fuel savings. Most vehicles, including cars, vans, pickup trucks, and SUVs, are most fuel-efficient when traveling between 50 and 80 kilometers per hour. As speed increases beyond this range, fuel consumption escalates accordingly. For instance, driving at 120 kilometers per hour consumes approximately 20% more fuel than driving at 100 kilometers per hour, resulting in only a two-minute reduction in travel time for a 25-kilometer trip.
  5. Optimize deceleration by coasting instead of immediately applying brakes whenever possible. By looking ahead and predicting traffic conditions, you can release the accelerator pedal and coast to gradually slow down, preserving forward momentum, conserving fuel, and reducing costs associated with brake usage.

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In addition to these techniques, there are other ways to decrease fuel consumption:

  • Minimize unnecessary idling by turning off the engine when stopped for more than 60 seconds, excluding traffic situations. Idling for every 10 minutes wastes around 300 milliliters (over 1 cup) of fuel for vehicles with a 3-liter engine.
  • Regularly check tire pressure as driving with under-inflated tires by 56 kilopascals (8 pounds per square inch) can increase fuel consumption by up to 4% and decrease tire lifespan by over 10,000 kilometers.
  • Utilize manual transmissions effectively by monitoring the tachometer to identify optimal shifting points for better fuel efficiency. Higher engine revolutions per minute (rpm) consume more fuel, so shifting smoothly and quickly in lower gears and building speed in higher gears is beneficial.
  • Remove unnecessary weight from your vehicle, such as salt, sand, or sports equipment. Every 25 kilograms of weight can increase fuel consumption in a mid-size car by approximately 1%.
  • Remove roof or bicycle racks when not in use to minimize aerodynamic drag, which can lead to up to a 20% increase in fuel consumption on highways.
  • Use air conditioning sparingly as it can raise fuel consumption by as much as 20%. In city driving, open the windows, and on highways, use the flow-through ventilation system with windows closed. If air conditioning is necessary, select the re-circulate option to reduce its impact.
  • Utilize a fuel consumption display if available in your vehicle to monitor and understand the effects of fuel-efficient driving techniques. These displays can provide real-time feedback on speed variations, shift points, and driving behaviors like acceleration and braking times.
  • Keep track of your fuel consumption and challenge yourself to extend the duration between refills. By minimizing the frequency of refueling, you can reduce monthly costs associated with fuel consumption.