These are few steps to follow if you want to cut cost while driving.
1. Avoid unnecessary weight in your car:
Apply some basic Physics concepts this holiday. When your car is heavy, it will require more fuel to travel. Drivers are fond of keeping too many unnecessary items which end up adding on the weight of the car. Similarly, if you carry more people than the expected amount, you do not just risk getting into trouble with the law but also increase your fuel consumption. On average, every 50kg in your car increases your fuel consumption by 2% based on the percentage of extra weight in proportion to the vehicle’s weight.
2. Keep the tires inflated:
Every once in a while, inspect the condition of your tires. Under-inflated tires increase fuel consumption by raising the rolling resistance. That is not the only danger; they tend to wear out faster, resulting in limited road grip which poses a harsh safety hazard.
3. Switch the car engine when idle:
If you did not know, as long as your car engine is on, it is still burning petrol. As a good rule of the thumb, you should turn off your car’s engine if you’re expecting to wait for a long time or if you are unsure of how long you have to wait. Heating the engine for too long is also dangerous to the environment.
4. Drive with anticipation:
Driving is about sharing the road with other road users. To ensure that you maximize fuel efficiency, try driving with some bit of anticipation so that you share the road with less disruption to your progress. Make a habit of looking far ahead and drive with a mental map of what other vehicles around you are doing. This will help you spot upcoming trouble or obstructions, and when you anticipate them, you steer in a smooth path around them which enables you to keep momentum and avoid unsteady speeds. You waste a lot of fuel slowing down and speeding back up continuously. Therefore, try to keep the car’s speed as smooth as possible.
5. Combine short trips:
If you live around the city, sometimes you just need to make short trips that are only a few kilometres apart. Short journeys aren’t the best since they take a heavy toll on fuel. Ideally, a cold engine tends to burn more fuel, and in between your stopovers, you will need to turn off the engine twice or thrice depending on the number of trips.
These fluctuations of the car’s engine temperature may lead to massive consumption of fuel. To minimize burning the fuel and closing the engine now and then and try to run your errands as one trip or avoid lengthy stoppages that will cause these fluctuations.
6. Service your car regularly:
A well-maintained vehicle is fuel conservative. Frequent servicing of the car ensure that all the parts are working sufficiently and help detect faults like clogged engine filters, misaligned wheels, worn out parts and dirty plugs. If they are identified, they’re inspected, adjusted, repaired, or replaced during a routine servicing.
Some Singaporeans fail to service their car with the assumption that it is functional. Maintaining your car helps you to save on fuel and avoid major repairs which may cost you hundreds of dollars. When your engine is in its best condition, it runs smoothly and burns petrol efficiently. Save fuel and stay safe while driving by taking your car for frequent tune-ups.
7. Maintain the cool:
The car manufacturers build your car with specific goals, and maximum fuel efficiency must be one of those goals. If you start modifying it, you risk affecting fuel consumption rates even if you think that the changes you make are minor. For instance, adding spoilers and wings increase the wind resistance which typically makes your car’s engine overwork to maintain a balance on the highway.
Fixing wider tires only increases the rolling resistance. A force that resists the rolling motion of a vehicle’s wheels, which eventually fattens your fuel bill. Keeping your car in its original state doesn’t mean you are not cool, it means that you are a responsible economic conscious individual. It also means that you know the value of your car and are happy with its performance.
8. Plan your trip:
Planning is an essential part of a successful journey. Planning helps you prepare early, leave early, and arrive early. If you’re relying on a map to guide your direction, make sure you have studied it before avoid making mistakes that only waste your time and fuel. Planning helps to keep momentum, and that you don’t overspend, you can ride smoothly without stopping and get to your destination on time.