If you’re not new to owning a car, then you know how quickly car ownership can add up.
From brake repairs, new filters or even new batteries, before you know it you’re struggling to keep your car well maintained and running costs are out of control.
The good news is there are many tips to keeping your car maintained, fuel costs low so you can minimize these costs.
Here is a short list of common ways to maximize fuel efficiency and overall maintenance costs
Not only are good tires important for road safety, but they also play an important role in saving money on gas mileage.
Luckily fuel efficient style tires are becoming more available to the consumer, and can now be purchased at most common tire stores.
The best type of tire to consider for fuel efficiency is the ‘low-rolling’ resistance tires, which can save 2 to 3 kph on fuel economy.
These tires help minimize energy output as the tires roll, thus requiring less energy effort from your car.
While low-rolling resistance tires help, to completely maximize fuel efficiency, make sure to regularly check the tire pressure.
2. Driving Style
Rapid acceleration – Not only is rapid acceleration bad for your engine but also eats away at 30% more fuel than average.
Lowering your acceleration rate will help improve your gas mileage significantly.
Likewise, rapid braking can increase gas consumption by 40% and drastically cut the life of your brakes.
Optimal cruising speed – Increasing your cruising speeds above 90 kp/h can start to drain as much as 20% more gas than cruising at 80-85 kp/h.
Keep a consistent pace at around or below 90 km/h can also help increase your gas mileage by 10-15%.
Avoid idling – Idling wastes fuel, gets you nowhere and produces unnecessary greenhouse gases. If you’re going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds.
It is important to note that older vehicles, may need more idling time when first started, although for the most part, don’t let your car idle for more than 30 before departure.
3. Regular Servicing
According to the manufacturer’s instructions. An engine that’s not properly tuned can use up to 50% more fuel and produces up to 50% more emissions than one that is running properly.
Changing Your Oil – Each car has a recommended milage per oil change, and it’s essential to follow those instructions and get your oil serviced before or at the time of the mileage requirement.
Using the right viscosity oil will help reduce resistance to moving parts which will also help increase the efficiency of your vehicle.
Getting clean oil helps contribute to better gas mileage and helps your engine run better.
Air Filters – Air filters help your engine run at ideal efficiency, and if your filter is dirty, it will essentially make your engine breathe through a clogged oesophagus.
Regular checks on your air filters is a simple way to make sure your engine is happy and running efficiently, cutting down on gas and increasing the life of your engine.
If you’re new to your car, there are plenty of resources available, including operating cost calculators, that will help you determine what type of care your car will need and common problems with certain models.
This article was written by Olivia Bourke. She currently lives in Sydney Australia. She on the path to becoming a freelance writer, and looking to increase her online presence through content creation.
She loves to travel and explore Australia in her free time! You can find her blog at http://greatlost.com/
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