In recent times, the price of petrol and diesel has stopped rising; however; it is still a good amount when running a petrol car. The fuel economy is the only negative aspect about the petrol cars. Normally, the oil burners are 20-30 per cent more fuel efficient than the gasoline units. Car manufacturers are claiming high fuel efficiency, certified by ARAI, but it is almost impossible for someone to achieve the claimed mileage in real world conditions. Here are a few fuel saving tips for petrol car drivers from Oncars India –
1. Drive slow – We know that the main reason behind buying a petrol car is the quick pick up and acceleration, but the car driver needs to be moderate with the car to achieve maximum fuel economy. We advised you to drive with just about 20 per cent throttle input.
2. Drive smartly, don't look for peak torque – Logically, the car will offer best fuel economy figures at peak torques. However, this will work only when the driver reaches the cruising speed. The petrol cars offer good accelerations even on half the peak torque on flat surfaces. Use your gears to gain momentum and fuel efficiency.
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3. Don't brake hard – It is very important for one to anticipate his or her stops, instead of revving or brake hard. Once you understand your braking point, let off your throttle completely. This will allow the car to use the engine braking to slow down, which helps in achieving high fuel economy.
4. Switch off the engine while idling – If your car stays idle on a traffic light or some other place for more than one minute, it is recommended to switch off the engine to reduce fuel consumption.
5. Intelligent use of air conditioning – Sensible use of the air-con will save a bit of fuel. If the car driver takes off from a traffic light, we recommend switch off the AC compressor and then accelerate. Only switch your AC on once cruising speed is achieved.
6. Don't drive in rush hours – Every time you stop and start the car in traffic, your car will require first gear that results in high fuel consumption.
7. Close the windows and sunroof on highways – This will reduce the aerodynamic drag, and helps in achieving high fuel economy.
8. Don't carry huge cargo – The unnecessary weight or cargo will increase the weight of the car. Higher the weight of your car, lesser will be the mileage.
9. Regular check of tyre pressure – One needs to maintain optimal tyre pressure. The lower the tyre pressure, the more petrol the car will require for acceleration.
10. Regular servicing – We recommend you to keep your car serviced regularly and keep your car air filter, spark plug and injectors clean.