5 ways to improve your car's fuel efficiency
Over the last decade, we have seen the trend shift from heavy and powerful vehicles to eco-friendly, lightweight ones. With consumers becoming more and more aware of the negative impacts of fuel emissions, many are trying their best to cut back on unnecessary pollution. Although BMW and Jaguar are slowly shifting to carbon fiber, there may be more pocket-friendly ways to help you achieve your goal.
Keeping in mind that not every one of us can go for the expensive full-body replacement, we have come up with 5 ways you can reduce your vehicle's weight and thereby improve fuel efficiency.
- Cut down on the extra luggage:
We understand that it may be convenient for you to always have your golf set or sports equipment in the trunk, but do you realize that the extra weight reduces your fuel efficiency? Although you may never miss a game and always be ready for impromptu plans, the extra weight reduces your fuel efficiency and can even adversely affect the suspension over time. Putting any old boxes or sports equipment in the garage and carrying it only when required will go a long way in saving you some fuel.
- Use cruise control when appropriate:
If you' re driving on a highway, cruise control is your best friend. Using cruise control when safe and appropriate can help you save up to 6% in fuel consumption. If you regularly commute on the highway or an expressway, this could help you save loads on fuel expenditure and even help increase your vehicles life.
- Ensure that you don't let your vehicle idle for more than a minute:
Letting your car idle for more than a minute when you stop in traffic or a light is another 'no no'! Not only does idling pump needless carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, it also consumes approximately half a gallon to one gallon of gas every hour. Most modern cars will consume less fuel if turned off and restarted, rather than idling for extended periods of time.
- Make sure your battery cables are not corroded:
Corroded battery cables can cause your alternator to work harder than usual, which in turn uses more gas. Regularly getting them cleaned will go a long way in saving your fuel expenses and preventing any damage to your alternator.
- Regularly check your tire pressure:
Even though you may not know it, under-inflated tires burn excessive fuel. For example, if your tires are lacking optimal pressure by 8 pounds, the rolling resistance increases by 5%. This, in turn, increases the amount of power to travel and increases fuel usage. Regular checks will not only help you save money on fuel but can also help avoid a blowout or accidents.
Although there are many other steps you could take to reduce the weight of your vehicle and increase fuel efficiency (including swapping heavy electrical components or opting for a lightweight sound system), the above-mentioned points can be easily handled with the need of any special tools or added expenditure. It goes without saying that regular vehicle maintenance is imperative if you want your vehicle to be in great condition for years to come.
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