Regardless of whether you drive a bulky 4×4 or a two-seater hybrid, you can still get more distance from each litre of fuel; and considering the price of petrol and diesel these days, an improvement of just two or three MPL (Miles Per Litre) can add up to some significant savings. Here are a few tips on how to improve the fuel economy of your car, and take the sting out of the rising prices. Most of this advice will provide only a slight increase in you MPL however when used together, the improvement will be very noticeable.
One of the most causes of poor MPL, which most motorists are unaware of, is an under-inflated set of tyres. Tyres will inevitably lose air due to the passing of time (about 1psi is lost every four weeks) as well as temperature. Tyres which are under-inflated will have a higher rate of rolling resistance; this means that the driver will have to burn more fuel in order to keep the vehicle moving. Purchase a high quality tyre gauge, and inspect all four tyres once a month. It’s important to do this when the car hasn’t been driven in a few hours and the tyres are cold, as driving the vehicle will warm up the tyres as well as the air inside them, which will increase the pressure and result in a false high reading.
Cleaning out your car can save you a few pounds in fuel too; a car loaded down with all of those bits and pieces which have accumulated, such as jackets, books, toys and other bits and bobs will hike up the amount the driver spends on fuel, as the more weight the vehicle has to lug around, the more fuel it will inevitably burn. It’s surprisingly easy to acquire an extra few kilos of stuff if you don’t regularly clean your car out.
Turn off the air conditioning during the summer months, and instead open the windows and let the breeze cool them down. It may not be quite as effective as the air conditioner; however at lower speeds this will save you money on fuel. Do bear in mind though that if you tend to drive at higher speeds, for instance when you’re on the motorway, then air conditioning will be more efficient in terms of fuel saving, when compared with the wind resistance from an open sunroof and windows, which can make the car work harder and use more fuel