Thursday, 30 April 2020


Do you feel you spend too much on fueling your car? Maybe you feel your car just consumes too much fuel. Have you considered that driving habits could be responsible for the rate at which a car consumes fuel? Here are a few tips on how to better manage the fuel consumption of your car and save yourself from needless expenditures on fuel;

1. DON'T PRESS THE ACCELERATE PEDAL WHEN YOU START YOUR CAR: This is the first thing to do on your quest to spend less on fueling your car. Thanks to a host of advances in technology, it's been possible to start a car without hitting the accelerator pedal in a bid to “warm your car up”. In fact, you do not need to warm your car before driving off in the morning (Unless of course you still drive a car produced in the 1970s. Lol)  So now you know — foot off the pedal.

2. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR FUEL MILEAGE - Know how much distance your last refill was able to cover or take you. Many car users do tend to calculate this by counting the number of days between refill, however, the best way to accurately know how much fuel you have consumed is by dividing the distance you covered by the amount of fuel purchased and used. How do you know the distance covered? It’s quite simple, simply reset your trip meter to 0 after refuelling, this way it calculates the total distance covered by the car from that moment until you decided to reset it again (after your next refill).

3. MAKE GOOGLE MAPS YOUR DRIVE PARTNER – With google maps aiding your navigation, you are able to get the shortest possible route/least congested route to your destination. It is without gainsaying that the longer you drive or the longer you are sitting idle in traffic congestion, the more fuel you are using.

4. DRIVING TOO SLOW OR TOO FAST – Driving below your car’s optimal speed leads to burning excess fuel. On the other hand, driving too fast especially on a highway/expressway is counterproductive. Your car works optimally/efficient around 60 mph (97 km/h). After that, you are wasting fuel. Drive as close to 60 mph (97 km/h) as possible when it is appropriate.

5. SPEEDING UP TOO QUICKLY – Let’s say you get caught by a red traffic light sign, most human in wanting to catch up with “lost time” would immediately slam the accelerate pedal thereby flooding the car cylinder with precious fuel, that in turn burns up a lot more fuel than the car needs. To achieve efficient use of your fuel, it is best to increase your speed gradually. If your car is stopped and you floor the gas pedal to increase your speed as quickly as possible, you will burn more fuel and wear your tires down as well. However, if you do it slowly, your car will only use the fuel it needs to reach cruising speed.

In Part 2, we would be discussing five more practical ways to help you cut down your expense on fuel for your car.


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