Drіvеrѕ ѕееm tо lеt оut а соllесtіvе grоаn whеnеvеr thеу rеаlіsе thаt іt іѕ tіmе tо ѕtор tо fuеl uр thеіr car, thаnkѕ tо thе ѕkу-hіgh petrol рrісеѕ thеѕе dауѕ. Yоu wоuld bе hаrd-рrеѕѕеd tо fіnd а drіvеr thаt wоuld nоt lіkе tо ѕаvе а bіt оf mоnеу аt thе petrol рumр, but mаnу реорlе ѕіmрlу dо nоt knоw hоw tо асhіеvе thіѕ.
Mаnу соnѕumеrѕ turn tо рrоduсtѕ thаt рrоmіѕе bеttеr gаѕ mіlеаgе, оnlу tо bе dіѕарроіntеd. Othеrѕ bеlіеvе thаt thеу muѕt buу а ѕmаllеr vеhісlе оr ѕеll thеіr сurrеnt оnе, duе tо thе еxреnѕіvе fuеl рrоblеm.
Whаt mаnу drіvеrѕ dо nоt knоw іѕ thаt thеrе аrе mаnу wауѕ tо uѕе lеѕѕ fuеl, ѕоmе оf whісh аrе ѕо lаughаblу еаѕу, thаt уоu wіll bе ѕtunnеd thаt уоu hаd nеvеr thоught оf thеm bеfоrе.
You don’t have to buy expensive products, either, as most of the best way to conserve fuel are free, or at least very cheap. In fact, some of the easiest ways to increase your mileage are literally right under your nose.
Do you have cruise control? One of the most beloved features for many drivers is setting cruise on longer journeys. No need to keep looking at the speedo to make sure you aren’t going to get a speeding ticket. It removes the temptation of those with a heavy right foot.
Did you know that by using cruise you can improve the efficiency of your driving? Since the car is travelling at a constant speed it removes the constant accelerating and decelerating that occurs with manual use of the foot pedal. This constant input from your foot is causing the engine to work harder than it needs to and, the more it works, the more fuel it uses.
Check your Rev’s!
I bet you are constantly looking at your speed, aren’t you? With all the cameras around it’s no surprise! When it comes to saving fuel you should also be paying attention to the rev counter.
If you don’t look at it much, perhaps now is the time to start paying attention to it. The higher the amount of rev’s, the harder the engine is working, so, you’ve guessed it, the more fuel you are using. Assuming you are driving a manual car, make sure you change up a gear before the rev’s climb too high. And, when going at higher speed, make sure you are in the upper gears. It’s easier on your ears and bank balance.
You might love it especially on those hot days, but your air conditioning is costing you money. If you sit at idle and turn it on, you will hear the engine note change and the rev’s increase. When driving you might notice a drop in power, too. Your car will be less responsive. Having that lovely cold air, or heat, come through is also making the engine work that bit harder. If you can, keep the a/c off and save a bit of cash.
You can’t control the cost of the petrol or diesel but you can certainly control how much of it you use!
Products That Increase Your Mileage.
As fuel prices rise, so people react in different ways. Some will drive more economically, some will drive less and others will look to find some way of keeping consumption down without changing their driving style or habits. This has spawned an industry for companies looking to sell products to drivers willing to try anything to save moeny on fuel.
The big question is do they work? It depends who you ask!
In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency, has tested additives and other products and has not found that they have any meaningful effect. That’s not to say they don’t work but the benefits are limited at best. There is no real proof that you can buy aftermarket products that do a good job.
Instead of spending your hard earned money on something that “might” work, surely you are better off doing the simple things that definitely do help.
Keep Your Tyres Inflated.
Yes, keeping your tyres at the right level helps. As well as being a sensible safety precaution, ensuring your tyres are at the right pressure allows the car to run efficiently, so saving you money in the long run.
More expensive than the cost of filling your tyres but effective, nonetheless, is having clean air filters. There are proven benefits having them changed regularly and it’s just good car maintenance, too.