Tips to achieve fuel efficiency and save money


02 Aug 2023

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We all know that the fuel prices have skyrocketed in the past few years. Petrol price has crossed theRs.100 mark in many parts of the country. In such a situation, the car owners in India are feeling the brunt. If you are a car owner in India, you would relate to all car owners’ woes.

While some may suggest it is better to switch to an electric car, it may not be a feasible solution for all. So what do you do? Well, the best way to offset the rising fuel cost is to ensure that your car covers more distance every time you refuel. And, to extract more mileage from your car, you must take proper care of it and change your driving habits.

Here are a few simple tips that can help you achieve maximum fuel efficiency and save money on car gas

Service your car periodically

This is a no brainer. If you don’t maintain your car well, and miss the servicing schedule, it is sure to consume more fuel than necessary. So, anytime you see the check engine light on the dashboard, get it checked and serviced immediately. Changing the dirty air filters, and lubricating the parts would ensure that your car runs smoothly, and would give you a better mileage.

Maintain the right tyre pressure

When it comes to increasing your car’s efficiency, simple adjustments can have a big impact. Do you know if the car’s tyre pressure is low, it can consume 10-15% more fuel than it should. So, make sure that you check the tyre pressure often, and maintain the right pressure as recommended by the manufacturer. This will help you reduce your trip to the gas station and save a lot of money.

Switch off the AC

Yes, we know that driving on a hot summer day without AC can be extremely uncomfortable. But, at the same time, you must understand that excessive usage of AC can reduce your car’s fuel efficiency by up to 30%. So, you must be prudent with the AC usage. You can keep your windows down, instead of switching on the AC while you are driving a short distance. This minor adjustment can help increase the car’s fuel efficiency and you can save a lot of gas money.

Don’t Idle

Idling the car is basically staying still at 0 Kmpl. When you do this often, you end up burning up fuel unnecessarily without getting anywhere. So, whenever you stop your car for more than 30 seconds, say at the signal or in a massive traffic jam, it is advisable to turn off the ignition.

Be wary of the fuel quality

Unfortunately, fuel adulteration is a major concern in India. Low quality or adulterated fuel lowers the car’s fuel efficiency and also causes harm to the engine. So, before you refuel, make sure to check the fuel quality, volume and density at the pump. Also, it is better to refill your take from a trusted and regular station where you know the fuel quality is good.

Final Word

Thus, a car's fuel efficiency depends on a lot of factors. Use the above tips, and you will surely notice a big difference in your vehicle’s performance. As much as you focus on increasing the car’s fuel efficiency, and saving gas money, make sure that you have a robust insurance cover for your vehicle.

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