The average Canadian spends CA$150-200 on fuel per month, depending on lifestyle and mobility needs. Fuel cost is the main cost of a running car, so you need to be efficient in how you use your fuel to minimize costs.
Here are tips on how to boost your fuel efficiency.
Maintain Tire Pressure
Underinflated tires have high friction or rolling resistance on the road. If the tires have 10psi less than required, fuel consumption increases by up to 10%. Always ensure your tires have sufficient pressure before hitting the road.
Reduce the Load In the Boot
Many people have a habit of carrying unnecessary luggage in the boot. Every extra 50kgs in your car increases fuel usage by two percent. Ensure the items in the boot are essential, and remove all unnecessary stuff.
Drive at Optimal Speed
When cruising at 110km/h, your car's engine consumes 25% more fuel than at around 80km/h. Similarly, driving at lower than 50km/h consumes more fuel than at a higher speed. Therefore, maintain a steady speed of 50-90km/h to achieve maximum fuel efficiency.
Avoid Braking Aggressively
Your car increases fuel consumption every time you slam the brakes because you will have to accelerate again. Avoid tailgating and speeding to reduce the need for aggressive braking.
Maintain Constant Speed
If you have an automatic car, use cruise control to maintain a constant speed. If it's manual, hold a higher gear most of the time. This approach reduces the number of revolutions per minute that your accelerator goes through, thereby minimizing fuel consumption.
Use Predictive Driving Apps
Install predictive driving apps on your car or smartphone to help you know the road ahead. Knowing when to slow down as you approach a red light or major turning points on the landscape will reduce the need to slam the brakes or stop completely. The reduced need for hard accelerations minimizes fuel consumption.
Minimize Idle Time
Stop your car even if you are only making a brief stop because idling uses more fuel than restarting your car. If possible, install a start-stop system if your car doesn't have one.
Conduct Regular Maintenance
Dirty air filters, damaged hoses and malfunctioning spark plugs negatively affect your fuel economy. Following a regular maintenance schedule reduces these hiccups while maximizing fuel efficiency.
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