Imagine ... spending more and more money on petrol every month. Indeed, with petrol prices as high as they are, it is surprising that more drivers don’t work a little harder to stretch their petrol mileage.
Here are 10 tips that can make a genuine difference in the mileage that you get from your car. Perform them and save a bundle along the way.
Studies have found that nearly one in every four cars on the road needs an air filter replacement. Dirty air filters can reduce a car's petrol mileage by 10%.
When was your last tune up? A properly maintained engine tuned to the manufacturer’s specifications can improve mileage by up to 8%.
Poor alignment not only causes tires to wear out more quickly, but also forces your engine to work harder. Align your car’s tires and save up to 10%.
Believe it or not, a loose petrol cap can cost you money due to evaporation of gasoline from your tank. According to one report, this could rob you of 135 litres of petrol a year!
More than ¼ of vehicles are driving on deflated tires. The average under-inflation of 7.5 pounds causes a loss of 3% in fuel efficiency.
For every 5 mph you reduce highway speed, you can reduce fuel consumption by 7%. This is especially true for vehicles that have large, frontal surfaces such as vans.
Avoid jack-rabbit starts and you will improve your fuel economy. In particular, feathering the gas pedal when you leave top signs and lights can save you up to 10% mileage.
Besides causing air pollution, idling wastes petro. If stopped for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine, and, unless it is very cold out, don’t bother to “warm up” your car before driving.
Don’t use a higher octane gas than what your car requires. Higher octane gas is only required for higher compression engines. For most cars it simply isn’t necessary.
It’s amazing how few drivers do this. It is possible to save a great deal of money by simply combining errands into a small number of trips. Try it and reap the savings!
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