10 Effective Fuel-Saving Tips

With soaring fuel prices especially on the African continent, it’s quite advisable to devise effective fuel-saving ways to avoid spending much.

For someone whose fuel expenses have had to triple for the same quantity due to the depreciating nature of my country’s currency against the Dollar, the tips come in handy.

Below are some effective fuel-saving tips you could apply.

1. Treat your car to some TLC

A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy, so follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing. High-quality motor oils such as Shell Helix Ultra E can also help your engine operate more efficiently.

2. Lighten up

You may be surprised, but every extra pound or kilogram matters and affects your fuel efficiency. So keep your boot and back seat clear of unnecessary items that just add weight to your vehicle.

3. Are you turned on or off?

Idling gets you nowhere but still burns fuel. Turn the engine off when you’re in a queue, or waiting for someone, until you need it. As a rule, if you stop over 10 seconds, switch off your engine.

4. Easy does it

The higher gear you drive in, the lower your engine speed is, which can improve fuel efficiency. So change up a gear whenever you can, without labouring the engine. Change gear in good time when you pull away or when you’re accelerating. Never ‘redline’ the rev counter.

5. Slippery customer

Designers and aerodynamicists spend ages trying to make a car’s body cut smoothly through the air. Opening your windows or sunroof, or piling bikes and boxes onto the roof, can heavily impact your fuel economy. Driving faster will also increase the wind resistance you encounter, causing your vehicle to use more fuel.

6. No drain, no pain

As a rule, anything that puts a drain on the battery will put a drain on your fuel economy – like air conditioning. But worse still is a battery in poor condition, causing the alternator to constantly try and charge the battery.

7. Timing is everything

Driving in heavy stop-start traffic is going to negatively affect fuel economy. So if you’re a commuter, avoid the rush hours if you can. You’ll really notice the improvement in fuel consumption. However, this is easier said than done!

8. Open your eyes

Think ahead when you’re driving. For example, slow down early to let traffic lights change, rather than stopping completely, or speed up a little before you reach the foot of a hill. Leave a sensible distance between yourself and the car ahead to give you ample time to brake evenly.

9. The fuel rule

Not all fuels are the same. Your fuel economy can be improved by using the right fuel, so shop around and ensure that you choose one of high quality.

10. Get pumped up

Correctly inflated tyres are safer and last longer. A tyre that is underinflated can reduce fuel economy. An under or over-inflated tyre is also more susceptible to failing.

Culled from Shell

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