Many drivers in the UAE are challenging themselves to find better ways and improve the fuel economy of their cars.
The truth is, our driving habits have a lot to do with our vehicles’ fuel consumption. Driving at slower speeds, going easy on the gas and brake pedals as well as using cruise control when possible are some of the best ways to save money on fuel.
Aside from these, it goes without saying that having your vehicle maintained regularly is another way to make sure that you are saving while spending money on gas. So, if you want to stretch the gas tank further, below we are listing the five most effective ways to do that and prevent any problems in the future.
1. Weight reduction in your vehicle
Did you know that every 50 kilograms in a vehicle equates to 2% to 3% increase in fuel consumption? If your vehicle has a smaller engine, it may be impacted by this even more. Having items in your trunk such as boxes of tools, sports accessories and other unnecessary things that somehow ended up in the vehicle are best removed if you want to save money on fuel.
Additionally, you can remove or substitute parts of your vehicle that you don’t need. For example, having unused roof racks can add up weight and drag to your vehicle, as well as steel wheels (which can be replaced with lightweight alternatives) or spare tyre that can be replaced with a can of tyre sealant. All of this can help you save money in the long run and drive your vehicle economically without overloading it.
2. Check your tyre pressure
This is one of the most common reasons why you are spending money on additional fuel. Driving a vehicle with under-inflated tyres increases the fuel consumption. In fact, research shows that even the smallest underinflation can increase fuel consumption by a couple of percentage points, which adds up over time.
The best way to find the right tyre pressure for your vehicle is by visiting a licensed technician. While you are at it, you can also check if you need new tyres – and see the top rated ones with fuel saving features. If you want to do that now, just visit our UAE tyre shop.
3. Change your driving habits
Another big reason behind bad fuel economy is the way you drive your car. Driving habits are hard to change, but if you accelerate quickly, brake in short distances and shift gears at high RPM, you are most probably throwing money on your fuel tank.
There are a couple of tricks you can use to adapt to new driving habits. For starters, you can ease on to the pedal, be extra cautious when accelerating, and make sure that you are speeding to 20km/h within 5 seconds. All of this will not only save you money on fuel, but also save your vehicle from potential issues in the future.
Also, turning off the engine when your car is idle can help you save money on fuel. Nowadays, most of the modern cars come with start-stop technology that does this automatically, but turning off your engine while waiting at a curb or sitting at an extended stoplight (for more than 30 seconds) is always a good fuel saving idea.
4. Get a front-end wheel alignment
If you are driving on roads with potholes, your vehicle is probably suffering from improper front-end alignment. Misaligned wheels tend to be more present during the colder months, which is another reason for worse fuel economy.
Assuming that your wheels are misaligned, your car will use more fuel to drive you and be forced to wear out the tyres more quickly. So, make sure that you get a front-end alignment inspection next time you visit your tyre technician, and ask them if there are any reasons for your vehicle’s engine to work harder. If you want to schedule your inspection in our garage today, you can message us on WhatsApp.
5. Buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle
If you are in the market for a new vehicle, fuel economy is one of the most important factors that are on the list. Choosing a fuel efficient vehicle that meets your needs can save you thousands in the long run, not to mention its benefits to the environment and the new standards that cars now adhere to.
For instance, there are hybrids and plug-in vehicles that achieve even greater fuel savings, and are very good choices for people who drive in urban (stop and start) areas and city traffic. Aside from saving money in your pocket, you will also be reducing pollution and helping the environment.
While we can’t do anything about the rising price of fuel, our team at TyresOnline is always here to give you a couple of pointers on how to increase your car’s fuel economy. We hope that these tips helped you see what might be causing an increase in your fuel budget.
In the end, obeying the speed limits, having your vehicle regularly maintained and driving safely can help you reduce your fuel spend up to 40%. If that seems like a game changer for you, it’s time to hop into your vehicle and start making the difference!
The best way to make sure that your car is in a good condition and with solid fuel economy is by doing a full car inspection on your wheels, tyres, engine, oil, filters and other parts. To book your service in our garage today, just call us at 800 255 89737 or send us a message on WhatsApp.