Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Fuel economy in automobiles is the amount of fuel required to move the automobile over a given distance. While the fuel efficiency of petroleum engines has improved markedly in recent decades, this does not necessarily translate into fuel economy, if consumers prefer or are required to buy larger and heavier vehicles that are more comfortable or have more mandated safety features.

Belows are a few useful tips in order to save more fuel and very easy to practice:

1 - Avoid High Speeds
As your speed increase, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62mph (100km/j) vs 75mph(120 km/j) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%.

2 - Do not Accelerate or Brake Hard
By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady accelerating and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.

3 - Keep Tires Properly Inflated
Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tyre under inflated by 2 PSI, increase fuel consumption by 1%.

4 - Use Air Conditioner Sparingly
When the air conditioner is turned on, its put extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%).

5 - Keep Window Closed
Windows open, especially at Highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%

6 - Service Vehicle Regularly
Work for both. Proper maintenance avoid poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plug or low fluid levels.

7 - Maintaining a Constant Speed
Maintaining a constant speed overlong distances often saves gas.

8 - Avoid Heavy Load
Remove sand bag from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips.

9 - Avoid Long Idles
If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.

10 - Do not Warm Up Your Engine
Drive off immediately at a low speed after starting your car. This way, the engine will warm up faster and lubricate better.

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