As fuel prices continue to increase, improvement of the vehicle mileage is one of the major concerns for automobile owners as well as manufacturers. To increase car mileage, here are tips that lead you to spend less on gas by increasing your car’s efficiency.
Keep tire pressure optimal
- With optimal tire pressure you can make a lot of difference to your car’s fuel efficiency.
- Lower tire pressure leads to increased contact area between the tire and the road. Due to this, the friction between the tire and the road is more resulting in higher fuel consumption.
- Making short trips, the engine will consume more fuel, because your car consumes extra fuel when you crank the engine.
Changing to highest gear
- By shifting the car to the highest gear without engine knocking, you can increase the mileage.
- The engine consumes more fuel in lower gears when accelerating.
- Changing to 1,500 rpm for diesel engine gives better results in terms of speed and economy.
Clean all the engine components regularly
- Clean the engine components regularly, don’t drive your vehicle with dirty or clogged filters.
- A serviced engine will consume less fuel, so regular maintenance can helps your engine to increase mileage.
Lower your car weight
- Weight is one of the biggest causes for loss of kinetic energy in your car.
- Any part or accessory you are adding to your vehicle can increase the weight resulting in low fuel efficiency.
- Wind drag such as rooftop will also decrease fuel efficiency.
- Make sure you are not carrying any unnecessary cargo.
Tune up the engine
- The engine can get maximum power by tuning it up, resulting in higher fuel efficiency.
- Idling the automobile wastes the fuel, the best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it slowly until it reaches the correct operating temperature.
Check the condition of air filter
- A dirty air filter will reduce fuel economy, due to clogging of the filter.
- Replace the fuel filter according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule.
Avoid braking wherever possible
- Applying brakes when not required wastes energy from fuel that has already burned.
- Braking consumes more fuel than driving at a constant speed.
- If yours is an automobile with fuel injection system, make sure the oxygen sensors, engine emissions system are in good condition.
- A damaged oxygen sensor may be too rich in the fuel mixture, resulting in decrease of your car fuel mileage by 20%.
In addition, avoid using the air conditioner when it is not required because it consumes more fuel. Use synthetic oil in your car to improve fuel efficiency.