How to Maximize Your Vehicle’s Fuel Efficiency
A lot of our customers looking for a Brantford mechanic ask us how they can optimize their fuel efficiency. Fuel efficiency is a major concern for many drivers – whether to save money, reduce carbon, or extend the life of our vehicles – we all want to get the most out of each litre of fuel we use.
In the following section we will be going over some simple and practical ways to maximize your vehicle’s fuel consumption and increase its longevity.
Improving Your Vehicle’s Fuel Efficiency
Regular Maintenance is the Foundation of Fuel Efficiency
Going into your mechanic for regular maintenance is the very first step to ensuring your vehicle remains fuel efficient. This cannot be overstated because regular maintenance involves checking out and maintaining most of the important components of your vehicle including regular oil changes, tire pressure checks, and air filter replacements, among others.
If you wish do ensure vehicle maintenance is done properly on your own, make sure to go through the following list on a month to month basis:
- Oil Changes and Oil Checks
One of the most essential maintenance tasks is regular vehicle oil changes. New oil reduces friction in the engine and helps it run more smoothly which positively affects fuel efficiently. Without regular schedule oil changes, there will be increased fuel consumption. Dirty oil compromise your engine’s performance but by adhering to your manufacturer’s guidelines, your vehicle will operate at its peak efficiency.
- Tire Pressure Check
Maintaining proper tire pressure can also make a huge difference in your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Under-inflated tires create more rolling resistance because your engine has to work harder to keep the car moving. Regular tire pressure checks and adjustments prevent this unnecessary drag and improve your gas mileage. Note that improperly inflated tires wear out faster are a safety risk on the road.
- Air Filter Check or Replacement
A clean air filter improves the airflow to the engine and allows it to run more efficiently. Air filters eventually become clogged with dirt and dust which reduces their effectiveness and forces your engine to work harder. When the engine has to work harder, it consumes more fuel. Regular air filter checks or filter replacing is easy to do and improves airflow to the engine.
- Smooth Driving
The way you drive impacts your fuel consumption too. Aggressive driving like rapid acceleration, hard braking, and speeding drastically reduces your kilometres per litre. By patiently anticipating traffic patterns and reading the road ahead of you, you can reduce the need for abrupt stops and starts and start cultivating a calm driving style that enhances fuel efficiency and ensures safer travel for everyone on the road.
- No Speeding
The more you speed, the more gas you use. It might be tempting to speed up when you’re running late and so forth but the faster you drive, the more fuel your car is going to use. Instead of speeding, just aim to maintain a steady, moderate speed, especially on highways which will greatly improve your vehicle’s fuel economy.
- Reduce Rapid Acceleration and Hard Braking
To save quite a bit of fuel, try accelerating smoothly and gradually, not abruptly. Fast starts and sudden stops increase fuel consumption and strain your engine and brakes. Smooth, steady driving is far more fuel-efficient and because the engine is designed to optimize combustion and reduce wasted energy when operating at consistent speeds. Erratic accelerating tendencies put wear and tear on your vehicle, so by practicing gentle driving habits, you’ll save fuel and extend the life of your car.
- Limit Your Idling
Idling your car gets you nowhere but it still burns gas. If you’re going to be sitting in your car for more than a few minutes, just turn off the engine. And, excessive idling contributes to air pollution and greenhouse gases. Modern vehicles are designed to restart quickly, so turning your engine off and on again uses less fuel than letting it idle. You’ll actually be able to notice how much gas you’re saving just by not idling your vehicle.
- Don’t Use All Your Car’s Features
Certain features of your car can help or hinder fuel efficiency. We’re not saying you should never use certain features but if you don’t need them, don’t use them. Certain features can take a lot of energy, and using too many at once makes an obvious difference in your fuel efficiency. If you make yourself familiar with your vehicle owner’s manual, you can find out which features are designed to enhance fuel economy.
- Reduce Air Conditioning Use
While it can be a lifesaver in hot weather, using your car’s air conditioning can increase fuel consumption. When possible try to limit your use of air conditioning, and try using your vehicle’s air vent instead. If you drive your vehicle with windows slightly open and at lower speeds, you’ll feel a little bit cooler, without using a significant amount of gas. But if it’s really hot outside and unbearable, don’t hesitate to put the A/C on.
- Use Cruise Control
On long highway drives use cruise control. Cruise control lets you maintain a constant speed and prevent injection fluctuations which optimizes fuel consumption. Cruise control enhances comfort during extended trips and also ensures that you maintain a consistent and fuel-efficient speed. Use it as much as you can.
Have Enough Gas for the Take Home!
Improving your vehicle’s fuel efficiency includes a combination of regular maintenance visits with your mechanic, and proper, smooth driving. By following even one of the tips we listed above, you’ll notice a serious drop in gas consumption, you’ll extend the life of your car and most importantly, you’ll save money.
If you live in Brantford, and haven’t taken your car in for maintenance in a long time, click Book Appointment to set one up!