How to Reduce Car’s Fuel Consumption: Change Your Habits

A car’s fuel consumption is directly related to the way we drive our cars. If we learn and practice good driving habits, we can save large amount of fuel without looking for more efficient car. No doubt that higher efficient car is better in reducing fuel consumption. However we can save even more if we change our driving habits.

There are many reasons to reduce fuel consumption if you can. One of the benefits is the economy where you can spend less money for unnecessary things. The second benefit is you save our planet with less carbon and better environment.

To understand methods how to reduce fuel consumption is to know some knowledge of physics as wells as some understanding of how your car works.

Start Your Car and Move

Most of today’s car are designed with fast warm up where you don’t need to start your car’s engine and wait for 30 minutes before move. Some cars even can move immediately after you start your engine provided you have to drive it slowly for few minutes.

Please avoid your car idling and read your car manuals to know more about the behaviour of your car. With this way you can save your gas everyday with zero waste of energy.

Don’t Drive Your Car Aggressively

When your car moves, it has to move again wind resistance and weight (or gravity). An aggressive driver changes the speed of a car from low to high or from high to low very frequently. Your car needs to do more works if you drive like this. You can imagine if you walk and climb up a hill slowly and then maintain a same speed. You will not feel so tired comparing to go up and down the similar hill frequently.

You have to control the way you press the accelerator. Most cars need time to accelerate and even better to increase speed gradually. In addition, if you press car’s accelerator aggressively, some of the fuel may not burn completely. We waste our money and incomplete burn fuel cause more pollution.

Most of the vehicles lose fuel economy approximately at speeds above 55 mph. For instance, driving at 65 mph instead of 75 mph saves roughly 13% of fuel. While driving at 55 mph could save roughly 25%.

habits to reduce fuel consumption

Brake at the Right Time and the Right Way

Almost everybody knows that braking reduce the speed and the energy. In short we can avoid losing gasoline if we could drive without braking. When you break you need again to accelerate and your car uses most of gasoline when it accelerates.

What you have to do is try to get the best timing when you have to go slower and at a good speed. For example if you like to turn your car at a junction (without traffic lights) you have to do it at the right time and at the right speed with fewer brakes.

In a heavy traffic most people accelerates and brakes frequently. You have to keep more distance between you and the front vehicles. Try to adjust your speed so that you rarely need brake. You can see other cars in front of you and adjust your car’s speed wisely. If you can practice this you can save 10 to 20% gas and make our environment better.

Use Air Condition When Necessary

This tip is only applies to suitable weather conditions in your area. If you are now in a warm or hot weather, you may not have any other option. You can save roughly between 10 to 22% fuel when you can turn off air conditioner.

When you turn on the air conditioner, its compressor loads more work to your car’s engine. Your car consumes more gas with more works.

There are many other alternatives ways to avoid using your car’s conditioner in a warm weather for instance:

  • Park your car in a shade such as under a tree or roof. If you want to go somewhere after that, you won’t feel your car so hot inside. It is even better if you can roll down the car windows little bit for air circulation. The hot air shall not trap inside your car and you feel more comfortable.
  • Drive your car in less sunny time such as in the evening and morning.
  • Roll down your car windows (little) while driving. You cannot do this when you are at high speed with high drag or wind resistance. If you drive slowly, it is very effective to open the windows.

In a cold weather, it is better to use flow-through ventilation instead of using the air conditioner or rolling down the windows. Close windows are more efficient to avoid turbulences and wind resistance.

It depends on how you feel while driving as well as the weather conditions. In a warm weather (not too hot and not too cold), opening windows at low speed and using the air conditioner at high speed gives better fuel efficiency.

Reduce Weight and Wind Resistance

Remove unnecessary things inside your car so that its weight is lighter. Roof rack for instance increases fuel consumption with more weight and higher wind resistance.

The second part of the article: “How to Reduce Car’s Fuel Consumption: Change Your Habits 2

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