In our last post, we explored some fantastic petrol-saving tips to help our readers keep costs down and reduce their carbon emissions while on the road. This week, we have some more handy tricks that you may not have thought of to help reduce petrol wastage and ultimately save you money!
Here’s the second part of our gas saving countdown!
Crack a Window
Over-using air conditioning can have a significant impact on the amount of fuel you car uses during a journey. Consider shutting off the air conditioner, opening the windows and enjoying the breeze. It may be a little bit warmer, but at lower speeds you’ll save fuel.
That said, at high speeds, the air resistance added to your car with the windows open could have a bigger impact on fuel consumption than using the A/C; try to best judge which is more fuel efficient when driving at different speeds.
Accelerate with Care
Over accelerated starts are an obvious fuel-waster — but that doesn’t mean you should crawl away from every light. If you drive an automatic, accelerate moderately so the transmission can shift up into the higher gears.
Manual car owners should shift early to keep the revs down, but don’t lug the engine; downshift if you need to accelerate. Keep an eye well down the road for potential slowdowns. If you accelerate to speed then have to brake right away, that’s wasted fuel.
Hang with the Trucks
Have you ever noticed how, in bad traffic jams, cars seem to constantly speed up and slow down, while trucks and lorries tend to roll along at the same leisurely pace?
A constant speed keeps shifting to a minimum (important to lorry drivers who have to wrangle with those advanced truck transmissions) but it also aids economy, as it takes much more fuel to get a vehicle moving than it does to keep it moving. Rolling with the big rigs saves fuel (and aggravation).
Don’t Bring the Bling
New wheels and tires may look cool, and they can certainly improve handling but if they are wider than the stock tires, they’ll create more rolling resistance and decrease fuel economy. If you upgrade your wheels and tires, keep the old ones.. For long road trips, the stock wheels give a smoother ride and better economy.
So there we have the second and final part to our fuel-efficient driving guide. Be sure to check back soon for more useful tips and tricks!