Ten Ways To Drive More Economically

Everywhere you turn, people are trying to become more eco-friendly. We have put energy-efficient light bulbs in our homes, bought solar panels to heat our water and lowered the geezer temperature and started to buy reusable shopping bags and drinking bottles. At work we have stopped printing every page of every document and switch off our computers at night.

Well what about in your vehicles? With the increase of car prices, more and more people are opting to purchase used cars Cape Town, simply because it is cheaper than purchasing a new model. What about fuel economy?

Here are ten ways to drive more fuel economically in second hand cars:

Number One: Avoid Rush Hour

Peak traffic times will fuel roads leave you with a lower ability to practice smart fuel economical driving techniques. Ensure that you take the ‘road less traveled’; as it will allow you the opportunity to drive at a constant, fuel saving, speed.

Number Two: Time Traffic Lights

When approaching a robot, look at the perpendicular lane’s lights to see if it is starting to change. Try to time your approaching speed with the changing of the robot lights. Ensure that you do not need to bring your vehicle to a complete stop before pulling off again. This will save you both fuel and wear on your brake pads.

Number Three:  Pay Attention To Aerodynamics

The more resistance the vehicle suffers, the harder it needs to work to keep the vehicle moving forward. Ensure that you close your windows and sunroof properly and allow the wind to flow over your car, instead on into your car.

Number Four:  Accelerate Before Your Reach A Hill Or Incline

When you see a hill or incline, begin to slowly accelerate. This gradual increase of speed will allow you to negotiate the ascent without needing to change to a higher gear or push your foot further down on the accelerator.

Number Five: Coast Down Hills

When driving down a hill or slope, take your foot off the accelerator and coast down the slope. This coasting will help you conserve your petrol, as you allow gravity to bring you back to level ground.

Number Six: Pump Your Tyres

Ensure that you check your tyre pressure on a regular basis. If you are unsure where to find the right pressure, check the owner’s manual on the tyre maintenance page. Remember for every bar that your tyres are under-inflated; your fuel economy will decrease by up to fifteen percent.

Number Seven: Clear Your Air-Filter Regularly

Ensure that you have your air-filters cleaned on a regular basis. When the air-filters become clogged up, it hampers airflow into your vehicles engine and will decrease your fuel economy.

Number Eight: Clean Out The Car

Ensure that you remove all unnecessary items from your boot and inside the vehicle. Carrying extra luggage will add weight to the vehicle and cause you to use more fuel.

Number Nine: Do Not Let Your Engine Idle

Minimise fuel wastage by turning the engine off whenever your car is stopped or held up in traffic. Idling your vehicle for longer than a minute consumes more fuel than restarting your engine.

Number Ten: Carpool

The more people that drive in the vehicle the less you pay for petrol. Find three work colleagues that live in your area and carpool to and from work. It will help you save both petrol and wear and tear expenses on your vehicle, as you drive less on a daily basis.

Remember, driving for your fuel economy means that you need to drive carefully and consistently. Use these ten tips to help you increase your fuel economy.


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