Its progress technology of internal combustion engines has reduce the fuel consumption at levels we could not even have imagined a few decades ago. At the same time, however, the more and more rising fuel price has made the need for further reduction. This can occur through a few simple habits that we will apply to our coexistence with the car.
Below you will find 10 important tips which if implemented will lead to both saving money as well as reducing of environmental footprint of the car. After all, an engine that “burns “less, emits even less. Let’s go see them…
Frequent checking of tire pressure
The tire set is one of the most important parts of a car, as it is the connecting link that brings us in contact with the road while playing an important role in passenger safety. According to research it has been proven that driving a car with just 0.5 bar less pressure than suggested by the manufacturer, consumption is increasing of fuel by 2%. This percentage in urban circle can reach up to 4%.
It is therefore important to check the pressure while it is noted that in winter or when we load our car a lot, we should add 0.2 or 0.3 bar at the price indicated in the manual.
Acceleration and braking are not good
The above assumption applies to all cars out there, whether they are or not purely electric, either hybrid or with an internal combustion engine. The touch on the right pedal is good to be done with … affection, while the driver is obliged to predict the points where the vehicle should be brakes and do it gradually. With these two simple movements can save fuel (or energy if we are talking about EVs) that reaches up to 20%.
Proper use of air conditioning
Its operation air-condition burdens the engine and the result is that the needle of the tank makes … a free fall every time we start it. Especially in the summer months, when the heat is unbearable, its use is imperative.
It is very important temperature that we set it not to be much lower than that of external environmentsince the more intensively it works the more the engine is pressed and the bigger it is amount of fuel required for its operation.
Experts say that we need to adjust the temperature approximately 5 degrees Celsius less than the external environment. At the same time one should avoid what most people do: put in maximum operation its just entering the hot interior. It is better to open them first doors and windows so that the temperature of the cabin drops and then we turn it on giving it time until it starts to cools.
The importance of planning a trip
When the time comes to make one long or even short trip should be designed before we even start. It is important to know the most in advance short route but also the points where we will do stand. Evidence says that when an hour trip is extended for 10 minutes may result in an increase in fuel consumption of up to 14%.
“Hermetically” closed windows
On expressways, it is recommended that the car be driven by the windows are closed and sunroof since the air that enters the interior creates greater resistance and this causes the engine to strain. And when the engine is strained the consumption pulls … uphill.
In this case it is better to use air condition in a prudent way, as we saw above. At the same time, the researches state that during the movement in city open windows do not affect engine performance. So in this case download them without fear.
Cruise Control helps
The Cruise Control can prove to be an important ally in the… war against high fuel consumption when we move to highways. The car computer, using the sensors correctly, can operate the vehicle accurately in speed that we have set, unlike our foot that no matter how hard we try it sometimes makes sense to get away. Note: on the uphills enter one more low speed from the one you have chosen for the flat road so as not to strain the car.
The importance of maintaining a constant speed
Cruise Control is good but what if the car is old technology and does not exist in its equipment? Then the weight falls on his shoulders driver. To be more precise in his right foot but also in his ability to locate the “clean” from movement … path which is in front of him and which will allow him to move without braking often.
THE foresight must determine all our actions. For example when we approach one toll station we take our foot off the accelerator well before and leave the vehicle smoothly slows down on it’s own. If conditions require the brake to be applied this should be done gently and gradually. It is also important to we are late the download relations so that the turns and not to cause the well-known “roar” that leads to higher consumption.
Raise relationships quickly
Modern cars usually point us through it instrument panel when should we change it gear in the box. The truth is that very few drivers follow them computer prompts since many times the indications seem absurd. But it is not…
In the acceleration phase it is imperative to raise the ratio quickly. We do not need to reach them 3.000-3.500 rpm. Until we do, the engine runs “overtime” and consumption increases. In gasoline engines it is suggested that the change come on 2.000-2.500 rpm while in the case of diesel this can happen from 1.500 rpm. In fact, in many diesel engines the increased consumption comes just from them 2.000 rpm. Finally in the majority of cars the relationships they consume less fuel is 4theη 5the and 6the. The sooner we reach them, the less our pocket will be wasted.
Idle “burns” a lot
It is very important during duration of stops, such as when waiting for someone or when we put aside to answer a call, turn off the car. Consumption has been shown to be considerably lower in “turn it off»Despite the idling.
According to calculations, every car “burns” at idle 0.6 liters / hourwhile in some vehicles of larger displacement it can reach 1 liter. This means that if we are not careful we may burn an entire tank inside period of 2-3 months without moving even an inch!
Roof racks and trunks cost fuel
The γνωρίζ stones know it too! These accessories, no matter how convenient, greatly affect her aerodynamics and this in turn affects fuel consumption. A study conducted in the USA showed that the grills alone are responsible for 0.8% of consumption of a light commercial vehicle within a year.
The researchers even went a step further and calculated that this charge is equivalent to a total of all cars in 380,000,000 liters! Through this it becomes clear that the accessories should are removed from the roof of the car when we do not use them to carry an object.