Improving fuel average not only saves drivers money, but it also benefits the environment by emitting fewer emissions into the atmosphere. There are numerous ways to improve fuel economy when we do drive. These primarily involve driving more efficiently and keeping our cars in good working order.
Do not press pedal too frequently
Speeding, braking, and sudden acceleration all produce waste gas and reduces fuel efficiency. Improve the pedal handling buy avoiding pedal presses too much. Poor driving habits can reduce fuel economy by 15% to 30% depending on the type of vehicle. Driving wisely, rather than like a race car driver, can result in better fuel average.
Reduce your speed
Above 50 miles per hour, fuel average begins to decline and it keeps decreasing with increased speed. Every five miles per hour above 50 mph consumes 10% more fuel. While each vehicle has an optimal speed for fuel efficiency, speeding can result in a 7% to 14% decrease in fuel economy. Driving at slower speed will help to increase the fuel average by up to 15%.
Switch Off Engine
Switch off the engine when stopping for more than few seconds for improved fuel average. Idling consumes several billion gallons of fuel per year and yields no miles per liter. It is recommended that vehicles be turned off if the expected wait time is longer than 10 seconds, because an idling vehicle can consume fuel every hour. Switch off engine on traffic signals or even in traffic jams.
Maintain Tire Pressure
A little vehicle maintenance can go a long way toward increasing fuel average. Each tire that is 10 psi underinflated reduces fuel economy by about 3.3 percent. Underinflated tires have mor friction with the ground and increases the fuel consumption. Four tires that are underinflated by 10 psi would reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy by a significant 10%, at an additional cost of 15% of fuel consumption.
Improve tires Alignment
Misaligned tires drag rather than roll freely and it drastically reduces fuel average. It increases the friction with road which consumes more fuel for less miles. Improper alignment can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 10%. Furthermore, the tires may wear out faster.