If it's time to choose a new car and you're browsing on a budget, you’ll want to make sure your new motor eeks every mile out of its fuel. It's probably one of the most important indications of car practicality. That’s why you’ll need to get to grips with a spicy subject called fuel efficiency.
What is fuel efficiency?
Fuel efficiency (also called fuel economy) is a fancy phrase for a simple subject: getting the most amount of value, when it comes to driving, from the tank of petrol or diesel that you put into your car. Gone are the days of cheap fossil fuels and they ain’t coming back any time soon. That means we’re going to have to get used to paying through the nose for fuel (unless you’ve got an electric car).
One of the ways you can do this is thinking about the fuel efficiency of your own driving and taking steps to improve it.
How to improve your fuel efficiency
All it takes to improve your fuel efficiency is bearing a few things in mind when you’re driving, or about to drive. These steps aren’t exactly difficult to put into practice.
Tip #1 — Make your car more aerodynamic
Air resistance is one of the main reasons that you could be consuming more fuel than you need to. Items like roof racks and bumper racks could be catching the air whilst you’re driving, adding drag to your car and eating up more fuel consumption. Take these off when you’re not using them and you'll save at the pump.
Tip #2 — Obey the speed limit
The speed limit isn’t just good for protecting people, it’s also pretty good for making you drive economically. You should already be obeying the speed limit, of course, but following the speed limit religiously will help you get the most money out of your fuel.
Tip #3 — Change gears earlier
How much welly you give the engine when change gear is a pretty big influence on the amount of fuel you use. Generally, the higher the revs, the more fuel you’ll use.
The trick is to change gears early rather than leaving it to the last moment and needing to rev the engine like you’re in a rally. Change to a higher gear as soon as you can!
Tip #4 — Read the road ahead
Reading the road ahead will help you to save a lot of fuel in your general driving. For example, you don’t need to be hitting the accelerator like a rally driver, if you’re travelling downhill and you’ve got momentum after all.