More fuel-efficient driving can save you thousands of rupees every year while improving road safety and reducing vehicle wear and tear. Reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 25% using these 5 fuel-efficient driving practices. This is crucial as gasoline prices in Pakistan rise today.
1. Accelerate gradually
The more fuel you use, the faster you accelerate. Pressing the accelerator pedal slowly in town can save you money on gas. Take 5 seconds to accelerate your vehicle from standstill to 20 km/h for maximum fuel savings. Consider a dashboard with an open cup of coffee. Keep it secret!
Petrol price in Pakistan increased by Rs 24/lit while diesel price increased by Rs 59/lit
Petrol = Rs 234/bed
Diesel = Rs 263/litre
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2. Keep your speed constant
You consume more fuel and spend more money than necessary when your speed drops and explodes. According to studies, changing gears between 75 and 85 km/h every 18 seconds can increase your fuel consumption by 20%.
If road conditions permit, use cruise control on the highway. However, keep in mind that when gravity does the work, small differences in speed can be beneficial. Allow your speed to drop as you climb, then regain it as you slide downhill, traffic permitting.
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3. Plan ahead.
While driving, keep an eye out for potential hazards. Maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. You can keep your speed as steady as possible and use less gas by paying attention to what pedestrians and other cars are doing and imagining what they will do next. Driving this way is also safer.
4. Stay away from the freeway.
Save money by obeying the speed limit. The most fuel-efficient speeds for most automobiles, vans, pickups, and SUVs are between 50 and 80 kilometers per hour. The faster a vehicle drives in this speed zone, the more fuel it consumes.
A vehicle, for example, consumes around 20% more fuel at 120 km/h than at 100 km/h. On a 25 kilometer journey, this increase in speed – and fuel consumption – would only save you two minutes.
5. Coast down.
You waste your forward momentum every time you apply the brakes. You can often tell when it’s time to slow down by looking at traffic behavior. Taking your foot off the gas and slowing down rather than using the brakes will save you money and gas.
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There are other ways to save money by reducing the amount of fuel used.
Here are some easier ways to save money on gas:
Prevent your car from idling.
Unless you are stuck in traffic, turn off your engine if it has been idle for more than 60 seconds. For every 10 minutes a car with a 3 liter engine idles, it wastes 300 milliliters (more than a cup) of fuel.
Once a month, take a tire pressure reading.
Driving a car with tires underinflated to 56 kilopascals (8 pounds per square inch) can increase fuel consumption by up to 4%. It can also reduce the life of your tire by up to 10,000 kilometres. On the tire information label, find the correct tire pressure for your vehicle. It is usually found on the driver’s door or on the edge of the door jamb. Learn more about how to keep your tires in good working order.
How to Properly Use a Manual Transmission
Keep an eye on the tachometer to see how fast the engine is running. It can be used to determine the ideal time to change a manual transmission for maximum fuel efficiency. The more fuel the engine burns, the higher the rpm. So, shift smoothly and quickly into the lower gears, then accelerate into the higher gears.
Pack as little as possible
Salt, sand and sports equipment should be removed from your vehicle. Your vehicle will consume less fuel if it is lighter. For every 25 kilograms of weight carried, the fuel consumption of an average-sized car increases by approximately 1%.
Roof and bike racks must be removed
When you’re not using the racks, remove them to save space in your vehicle. On the highway, aerodynamic drag can add up to 20% to fuel consumption.
Air conditioning should only be used when absolutely necessary
Using air conditioning in a vehicle can increase its fuel consumption by up to 20%. When traveling in the city, open the windows and when driving on the highway, use the circulation ventilation system. Use the recirculation option if you use air conditioning. It will have the least effect.
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Use a screen that shows the amount of fuel used
Using a fuel consumption display, a feature now standard on many vehicles, see for yourself the impact of the 5 fuel-efficient driving practices. (Some newer vehicles include more advanced displays that gauge speed gaps, manual transmission shift points, and driving behaviors such as acceleration and braking times.)
By acting on the information provided by the fuel consumption indicators, many drivers save 15% on their fuel consumption.
Keep an eye on your gas mileage
How long do you think you can go without refueling? Is it really that long? How long will it take?
Reduce your monthly expenses by challenging yourself to recharge as infrequently as possible.