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Fuel Saving Tips

 

The surest way you can improve your fuel cost problem is to change your motoring habits. Listed below under four categories are effective methods of doing so... 


Engine Warm-up

  • Avoid prolonged warming up of engine, even on cold mornings - 30 to 45 seconds is plenty of time.
  • In older cars, be sure the automatic choke is disengaged after engine warms up... chokes often get stuck, resulting in bad fuel/air mixture.
  • Don’t start and stop engine needlessly. Idling your engine for one minute consumes the fuel amount equivalent to when you start the engine.
  • Avoid "revving" the engine, especially just before you switch the engine off; this wastes fuel needlessly and washes oil down from the inside cylinder walls, owing to loss of oil pressure.
  • Eliminate fast starts. Accelerate slowly when starting from dead stop. Don’t push pedal down more than ¼ of the total foot travel. This allows engine to function at peak efficiency. 


How to buy petrol

  • Buy petrol during coolest time of day - early morning or late evening is best. During these times petrol is densest. Keep in mind - pumps measure volumes of petrol, not densities of fuel concentration. You are charged according to "volume of measurement".
  • Choose type and brand of petrol carefully. Certain brands provide you with greater economy because of better quality. Use the brands that "seem" most beneficial.
  • Avoid filling the tank to the top. Overfilling results in sloshing over and out of tank. Never fill the tank past the first "click" of fuel nozzle, if nozzle is automatic. 


How to drive economically

  • Exceeding 80 kph forces your vehicle to overcome tremendous wind resistance.
  • Never exceed legal speed limit. Primarily they are set for your travelling safety, however better fuel efficiency also occurs. Travelling at 80 kph gives you up to 21% better mileage when compared to legal speed limits of 100 and 110kph.
  • Travelling at fast rates in low gears can consume up to 45% more fuel than is needed.
  • Manual shift driven cars allow you to change to highest gear as soon as possible, thereby letting you save fuel if you "nurse it along". However, if you cause the engine to "bog down", premature wearing of engine parts occurs.
  • Keep windows closed when travelling at highway speeds. Open windows cause air drag, reducing your mileage by 10%.
  • Drive steadily. Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel. Also avoid tailgating - the driver in front of you is unpredictable. Not only is it unsafe, but if affects your economy, if he slows down unexpectedly.
  • Think ahead when approaching hills. If you accelerate, do it before you reach the hill, not while you’re on it. 


General Advice

  • Do not rest left foot on floorboard pedals while driving. The slightest pressure puts "mechanical drag" on components, wearing them down prematurely. This "dragging" also demands additional fuel usage.
  • Avoid rough roads whenever possible, because dirt or gravel rob you of up to 30% of your fuel mileage.
  • Use alternate roads when safer, shorter, and straighter. Compare travelling distance differences - remember that corners, curves and lane jumping require extra fuel. The shortest distance between two points is always straight.
  • Stoplights are usually timed for your motoring advantage. By travelling steadily at the legal speed limit you boost your chances of having the "green light" all the way.
  • Automatic transmissions should be allowed to cool down when your car is idling at a standstill, e.g. railway crossings, long traffic lights, etc. Place gear into neutral position. This reduces transmission strain and allows transmission to cool.
  • Park car so that you can later begin to travel in forward gear; avoid reverse gear manoeuvres to save fuel.
  • Regular tune-ups ensure best economy; check owner’s manual for recommended maintenance intervals. Special attention should be given to maintaining clean air filters... diminished airflow increases fuel waste.
  • Inspect suspension and chassis parts for occasional misalignment. Bent wheels, axles, bad shocks, broken springs, etc. create engine drag and are unsafe at high travelling speeds.
  • Remove mud tyres during good weather seasons; travelling on deep tyre treads really robs fuel! 25. Inflate all tyres to maximum limit. Each tyre should be periodically spun, balanced and checked for out-of-round. Radial designs are the recognized fuel-savers; check manufacturer’s specifications for maximum tire pressures.
  • Auto air conditioners can reduce fuel economy by 10% to 20%. Heater fan, power windows and seats increase engine load; the more load on your engine, the greater the fuel consumption.
  • Remove excess weight from vehicle - extra tyres, back seats, and unnecessary heavy parts. Extra weight reduces mileage, especially when driving up inclines.
  • Purchase a Hiclone Engine Management device. Hiclone Information page

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