Fuel prices are at all-time highs and this is evident when filling up. However, there are several things you can do to reduce the impact on your bill at the end of the month. We tell you five tips to save on consumption.
Since the beginning of the year, the price of fuel has not stopped rising. This Monday, we witnessed another rise in the price of gasoline and diesel – plus 1 cent in both cases, in what is the eighth consecutive week of ascents.
For those who continue to depend on these fuels on a day-to-day basis, the weight on the budget is increasing, as is uncertainty regarding market developments.
But even if you can’t do much about it, there are changes you can make, for example, to your car, with which you will certainly reduce consumption. Thus, and with the support, too, of our colleagues in the diarymotorwe leave you with five simple, cost-effective changes that work.
1. Install tires with low rolling resistance
The difference in consumption between a sports tire, focused on the greatest possible grip, and a tire designed for efficiency, can reach 10%.
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Depending on your driving style, it may be worth comparing EU tire labels, which are rated based on rolling resistance, and doing the math.
It is also important that the tires are operated at the pressure recommended by the manufacturer, so this must be monitored at least once a month. It’s also not a bad idea to do it before a big trip, during which the tires may even need more pressure than usual.
2. Change rim and tire size
It is possible that you are currently using 225/45 tires on 17” rims, although you could also use 195/50 tires on 16” rims.
Reality shows that narrower tires always tend to be more economical, while other variables remain, such as the efficiency index on the European label.
Thus, it is a game of compromises: if, on the one hand, you tend to lose in aesthetics and in a better behavior in curves, it is even possible to gain in consumption, with a lower measure. In the case of the most popular measures, even the acquisition cost will be lower.
3. Change the air filter and fuel filter
With time and kilometers, it is natural for the air filter to become dirty and clogged, especially in areas with more dust and air contaminants.
The intake and engine management systems are designed to work with a certain air flow and, if this is below normal, fuel consumption can increase noticeably.
The same can happen with the fuel filter, as a lower fuel flow necessarily leads to a different proportion of fuel and air.
The fuel filter is also the last element of protection before the injectors, whose repair, in the event of a breakdown, is quite expensive.
The exchange of these elements, taking into account the drop in consumption and the prevention of possible mechanical problems, is amortized very quickly.
4. Drive the lightest car
Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus, once said that the important thing in a car was to simplify and then remove weight.
This approach works not only to improve a car’s dynamic behavior and performance, but also to lower fuel consumption.
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It has been calculated that each additional 50 kg increases consumption by 2%, that is, in a car that does 6 l/100 km, taking an extra 50 kg can represent 0.14 l/100 km more.
It seems little, but at 20,000 km and with the current price of diesel, this difference represents 43.4 Euros. Add to this, other suggestions from the list, and the value is no longer negligible.
5. Reprogram your car
First of all, bear in mind that changing the engine’s operating map will void the warranty. In addition, any reprogramming is a sensitive operation and must be carried out by experienced and recognized professionals.
There is a great demand for reprogramming whose focus is to increase the maximum power, but there is also the possibility of reprogramming oriented to the reduction of consumption.
A working map tailored to your needs, professionally and on an engine that is running at 100%, can lead to a noticeable reduction in consumption.
In conclusion, just say that these changes, combined with some adjustments in the driving itself, can be the antidote to high consumption and, consequently, the fuel prices that we see today. It is also a way of contributing to the preservation of the environment.