In the era of increasing gas prices everybody are interested how to increase their MPG (miles per gallon – used in USA) or respectively decrease gas consumption l/km (Used in Europe and most of the world).
This is not a simple task and it is mostly a functionÂ of how car is driven. Here are some tips.
- Take a look at car consumption that manufacturer put in your manual. Usually this is the optimum value you can reach – so inform yourself about it before you buy the car.
- Try carrying as less as possible “useless” stuff in your car – heavier your car is more it will consume
- Avoid putting stuff on the rooftop such as car-tops if you do not need them.
- If you have 2 cars try to use them appropriately – do not use SUV for your shopping when you can do it with your hatchback (SUV consumes usually 2+ l/100km more than compact class car)
- Maintain your car according to manufacturer instructions – inflate your tires to nominal pressure, change your oil regularly,replace your air filter, maintain your ignition system (change spark plugs and cables) etc.
- Do not use A/C when you can open your window
- Do not drive on highway with full open windows – This will break car aerodynamics (true for 60km/h+)
- Do not speed – most of the cars are manufactured to be fuel efficient at the speed around the speed limit and if you drive faster you consumption increases.
Some of those “tricks” are common sense, but thinking about them when driving will allow you to safe money….