How to Get More Mileage No Matter What You Drive
Petrol isn’t cheap, so doing what you can to keep your car running efficiently is always a good idea. Fortunately, it’s often as simple as practicing good driving habits and ensuring you keep your car well maintained and properly serviced. No matter what kind of car you drive, the below tips can help you get more mileage out of every tank.
Go Easy on the Pedals
Be as smooth as possible with the accelerator and brake. Rough speedy acceleration and sudden braking significantly impacts your car’s fuel efficiency. If you know you have to stop or turn soon, coast for as long as you can. Accelerating to a desired speed and coasting until you slowdown in general saves petrol, especially in hilly areas where you can coast for long distances.
Reduce Excess Weight
Some of us have our boots filled with junk we don’t really need to be taking everywhere with us. This excess weight can have a significant effect on your car’s fuel economy. It can also cause uneven wearing on your tyres and other components of the car if the weight is unevenly distributed, for example, on one of the rear axles.
Check Tyre Pressure and Properly Inflate Them
Driving with the recommended tyre pressure makes a huge difference to fuel efficiency. If your tyres are under-inflated, it means there is increased contact area between the tyre and the road. This generates more friction and in turn, higher fuel consumption.
Keep in mind that even if your tyres don’t look low, they can still be under-inflated. Check them every time you stop for fuel. Make sure the tyres are inflated according to the manufacturer's recommended levels as over-inflating tyres also increases wear and reduces the safety of driving.
Cars tend to be less fuel efficient once you’re going fast than around 95 km/h. If you’re finding yourself speeding on freeways, you’re burning through more fuel than you have to as well as potentially endangering other road users. Cars vary at which speeds they are most efficient, but none of them have a top-efficiency speed that’s above 95.
Use Cruise Control
No matter how good of a driver you are, it’s more than likely that when you drive, you’re being at least a little inconsistent with your throttle position. This means you’re using more petrol than necessary. Your car’s cruise control is much smoother and therefore better for your fuel economy.
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