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Tips on fuel-efficient driving techniques, save money and environment while driving

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: Driving more fuel-efficiently may save you hundreds of dollars each year, increase road safety, and extend the life of your car. Reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25% by using these 5 fuel-efficient driving practises.

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1. Gradually increase the speed

The more fuel you burn, the harder you accelerate. In the city, you may save money on gas by slowly easing onto the accelerator pedal. Take 5 seconds to accelerate your car up to 20 km/h from a standstill to be as fuel-efficient as feasible. Consider a dashboard with an open cup of coffee. Don’t let it out!

2. Keep a constant pace

You consume more gasoline and spend more money than you need to when your speed drops and explodes. According to tests, altering your speed between 75 and 85 miles per hour every 18 seconds may raise your gasoline consumption by 20%.

If the road conditions allow, use cruise control on the highway. However, keep in mind that when gravity is at work, little differences in speed might actually be beneficial. Allow your speed to decline as you drive upward when traffic patterns allow, then regain momentum as you glide downhill.

3. Plan ahead for traffic.

While driving, keep an eye out for what’s coming up. Maintain a safe gap between you and the car in front of you. You can maintain your speed as stable as possible and use less gasoline by paying attention to what pedestrians and other automobiles are doing and thinking what they’ll do next. Driving this manner is also safer.

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4. Stay away from excessive speeds.

Stick to the speed limit to save money on gas! The best fuel-efficient speed for most vehicles, vans, pickup trucks, and SUVs is between 50 and 80 kilometres per hour. The faster a car travels over this speed limit, the more gasoline it consumes.

A car, for example, uses around 20% more gasoline at 120 km/h than it does at 100 km/h. On a 25-kilometer drive, this increase in speed – and fuel consumption – would save you just two minutes.

5. Decelerate by coasting

You squander forward momentum every time you apply your brakes. When you look ahead at how traffic is behaving, you can frequently tell when it’s time to slow down far in advance. Taking your foot off the accelerator and coasting to slow down instead of using the brakes will save you money and gasoline.

There are many options for conserving energy.

Here are some additional simple strategies to lower your gasoline use and costs:

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Idle your car as little as possible

Unless you’re stuck in traffic, turn off your engine if you’re stationary for more than 60 seconds. Every 10 minutes, the average car with a 3-litre engine wastes 300 millilitres (almost 1 cup) of fuel.

Check the pressure in your tyres every month

Driving a car with 56 kilopascals (8 pounds per square inch) under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by up to 4%. It can also cut your tire’s lifespan by more than 10,000 kilometres. On the tyre information placard, find the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle. It’s commonly on the driver’s door or doorpost’s edge.

Make good use of a manual transmission

Keep an eye on the tachometer, which displays engine speed. It may be used to determine when to shift a manual transmission for maximum fuel economy. The more gasoline the engine burns, the higher the rpm. So change smoothly and swiftly in the lower speeds, then accelerate in the upper levels.

Carry as little weight as possible

Salt, sand, and sports equipment should all be removed from your car. Your car will use less gasoline if it weighs less. A mid-size car’s fuel consumption increases by around 1% for every 25 kg of weight it transports.

Roof or bicycle racks should be removed

When you’re not utilising the racks, remove them to make your car more streamlined. On the highway, aerodynamic drag may increase fuel consumption by up to 20%.

Use air conditioning only when it’s necessary

The use of air conditioning can raise a vehicle’s fuel usage by up to 20%. When driving in the city, open the windows, and on the highway, utilise the flow-through ventilation system with the windows up. Use the re-circulate option if you have air conditioning. It will have the least amount of influence.

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Make use of a gasoline usage metre:

With the aid of a fuel consumption display, which is now standard on many vehicles, you can see the impact of the five fuel-efficient driving practises firsthand. (Some newer vehicles have even more advanced displays that monitor speed variances, manual gearbox shift locations, and driving behaviours like acceleration and braking times.)

Many drivers save 15% on gas by acting on the information provided by fuel consumption indicators.

Keep track of your gasoline usage:

How long do you think you can go without filling up your gas tank? Is it really two weeks? Is it really a month?

Reduce your monthly spending by challenging yourself to refill as infrequently as possible.

Plan ahead

-Make a route map, especially if it’s a long one.

-Pay attention to traffic news and steer clear of accidents, road construction, and other potential headaches.

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-Avoid big city roads that are littered with stoplights, junctions, and people.

-When possible, choose four-lane highways.

-Longer trips allow your vehicle’s engine to reach its most fuel-efficient operating temperature.

-Plan your route to avoid backtracking and rush-hour traffic by running your errands one after the other.

 

Drive less

Driving less is the most effective approach to cut fuel use.

-To get to your location, walk or ride your bike. You’ll save money on gas and have a healthier life.

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-Take use of public transportation.

-Participate in a car or vanpool. You and your party will save money on gas and prevent releasing tonnes of toxins into the atmosphere.

-When possible, work from home. Every day you telecommute, you save 20% on your fuel use.

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