Top 12 methods to increase any vehicle’s fuel efficiency

fuelling vehicleDespite the "blimp on the radar" of the lowest fuel costs in decades, the price of fuel will again increase - sorry to be the "bearer of bad news." When the cost of fuel begins to rise this coming summer (2015), keep these fuel saving tips in mind.

  1. Stop idling – you’re doing nothing more than turning fuel into noise:
      1. Since the inception of electronic fuel injection, motors no longer need to be pre-warmed. All owner’s manuals will state that the vehicle will heat up faster if driven under moderate conditions.
  2. Get the vehicle up to speed as fast as possible:
      1. Any vehicle gets its best fuel economy when cruising at speed. Like airplanes which consume the most fuel on takeoff and landing, cars to consume a lot of fuel when accelerating. And when the vehicle is slowed, fuel has to be used to get it going again.
  3. Use the highest gear for the lowest engine rpm (revolutions per minute):
      1. Most vehicles are now equipped with automatic transmissions, unfortunately, this feature is often beyond their control. However, the overdrive can be switched off & on – keep it on whenever possible. For manual transmissions, get to the highest gear as fast as possible.
  4. Look down the road as far as possible to keep the vehicle moving:
      1. By “aiming high in steering", driver can look down the road farther. And in doing so, drivers can better predict traffic patterns and prevent stopping.
  5. Maintain your vehicle:
      1. Check your tire pressure at least once a month;
      2. Change the oil;
      3. Change the fuel & air filter according to the vehicle’s maintenance schedule;
  6. Use cruise control as much as humanely possible:
      1. This piece of automotive engineering has been mislabeled and marginalized. Cruise control will improve fuel efficiency 10-20% if used; however, most motorists think it’s only for highway use under ideal conditions. Whenever possible use cruise – even in town.
  7. Take the excess “stuff” out of your vehicle:
      1. “Stuff” in your vehicle adds weight – extra weight in and on the vehicle increase fuel consumption.
  8. Give your vehicle a good clean – a clean vehicle is an efficient vehicle:
      1. It’s also nicer to ride around in a clean vehicle.
  9. Is there an commuting alternative?
      1. Can I walk?
      2. Can I ride my bicycle?
      3. Can I take public transit?
      4. Can I carpool?
  10. Is it possible to live closer to work – within walking or riding distance, or on a bus route?
      1. No doubt housing costs are cheaper on the outskirts of towns and cities, but what is the cost of commuting, not to mention the cost of “your time?”
  11. Have only one vehicle:
      1. There is no better way than to have only one vehicle. You save not only in fuel costs, but maintenance, insurance, purchase price of the vehicle and a whole raft of expenses associated with the cost of owning a vehicle.
  12. Change the vehicle that you’re driving
      1. do you really need a V8 engine? Stock V6 motors are now creating upward of 300 horsepower – far in excess of what most drivers now need. Consider purchasing a more fuel efficient vehicle.