Our Top 5 Fuel-Saving Tips

Our Top 5 Fuel-Saving Tips

Bayview Motors

Car Chronicles

With the current radical hikes of fuel prices, here are several ways for you to reduce the cost of driving. Some simply require a bit of attention to apparently insignificant details and habits.

Tip 1 - Regular Servicing Is Important

Keep your vehicle well maintained with regular servicing to keep it operating at peak efficiency. An inefficient engine-with fouled spark plugs, for example-won't make optimum use of fuel. Be sure the air filter and the fuel filter are clean. Put in new ones if they're not. A new oxygen sensor alone can improve gas mileage by as much as 15 per cent, according to technical experts.

Don't forget little things like the air in your tires, either. Having tires inflated to the maximum recommended pressure can improve gas mileage by as much as 6 per cent, while periodic wheel alignments can help improve fuel economy up to 10 per cent.

And clean out that trunk and back cargo area. Take out unneeded items that only add weight to your vehicle. Extra weight decreases gas mileage. Every 100 pounds of unnecessary weight adds 0.1 gallons per 30 miles to your vehicle's fuel consumption.

Tip 2 - Be a Different Driver

Change your driving style. Accelerate gradually, drive smoothly and with care and you could see as much as a 20 per cent gain in fuel economy compared with what you'd get with an aggressive driving style.

Skip those jackrabbit starts and sudden pedal-to-the-metal manoeuvres if you want to save gas. Anticipate stops so you avoid sudden braking, and take a long view of the road ahead, coasting safely to an intersection in front of you where you see traffic stopped.

Don't speed. A car moving at 40 miles an hour can get about 15 per cent better fuel economy than the same car going 50 m/h.

Tip 3 - An all-important label

But the first and, likely, the most important measure in reducing your fuel costs is to compare fuel economy ratings when you shop for a vehicle. And the best way to achieve this is to take a careful look at the clear and comprehensive fuel consumption rating.

Bear in mind, always, that bigger vehicles, bigger engines, four-wheel drive and lots of optional equipment add to a vehicle's weight and, as a result, increase fuel consumption. Even larger tires can have an effect.

A tire with a larger "footprint" on the road that doesn't have a special rubber compound designed to improve fuel economy has more rolling resistance than a comparable smaller tire, and this can lower fuel

economy: More so if it is improperly inflated.

Tip 4 - Other Costs Affected

Keep in mind you might pay a bit more for that next new car. With the Turks & Caicos custom's duty calcuated as it is, the consumer pays less duty on vehicles equipped with smaller sized engines. Less duty, and more economical gas consuption equals more money in your pocket at the end of the day.

Tip 5 - An Eye to the Future

Think about how your fuel conservation efforts benefit the Earth and future generations. Scientists say global warming and its projected disastrous effects on weather, rising sea levels and heat deaths are due, in part, to the burning of fossil fuels.

So, every gallon of gas you don't use can help ease global warming. Leaks - What are those drips and puddles under your car?