Driving is fun, but as fun and cool as it is, everybody tries as much as possible to avoid the stress and headache that comes with it. The troubles of a car fault especially engine issues is one unavoidable phase in a car owners life. While one tries to enjoy the swiftness of cruising around and enjoying the speed therein, it is paramount to understand that cars and engine also breakdown whenever its tired.
In this post, we will be analysing ways to improve and possibly shrink the fuel mileage of your car. You basically do not need the help of an auto mechanic or a random car owner to help you get this done, it is a DIY task that you need to know.
1. GET RID OF UNNECESSARY WEIGHTS
We all like to turn our car into a mini house so that we don’t have to step out of the vehicle more often. This might be a sensible thing to do, but actually, it is slowly thinning your wallet. A research suggests that for every 100 kilograms you bring on, your fuel economy is lost by roughly 1%. This is relative to the actual weight of vehicles, and small vehicles are more affected by this than larger ones.
2. CHECK THE TIRES EVERYDAY
Flat tires may decrease your gas mileage by 3%. To be specific, for every 1 psi (unit of pressure) drop inside your tires, your gas mileage is lowered by 0.3 percent. Also, flat tires wear off much faster than properly inflated ones. So remember to have it check up every day. You can find its proper pressure on a small sticker inside your car, near the driver’s seat or in the auto manual. Never apply the maximum pressure though, as it will get you in trouble driving on a hot day.
3. SMALL HABIT TWEAKS THAT COULD SAVE FUEL
- Plan your day beforehand so you can combine trips to reduce the distance you have to travel. This will also keep your engine warm so it doesn’t have to spend that much fuel to ignite from the start.
- This might sound cliche but try to organize your work wisely so you could finish before rush hours, therefore spending less time in traffic.
- If you have more than 1 car, drive the efficient one more often.
- Use the car-sharing service.
- If you have money to spare, service your engine thoroughly.