Eco-driving is all the rage in this day of economic stress. People are struggling financially with loss of jobs and downsizing. People are looking for ways to save money and driving their vehicles is a good place to start. If you are doing things in your home, such as using energy saving light bulbs, insulating the hot water heater, low flow toilets and showers and turning the heat and air to save energy, then the next logical step is to drive to promote fuel economy. The vehicle can operate to use less energy and control pollution by reducing the CO2 emissions.
Keep the vehicle serviced as suggested by the manufacturer. They make the suggestions for routine maintenance to help preserve the life of the car and to improve the performance. The most important maintenance is the oil change. This should be done every three to six months, depending on the make and model of the vehicle and the method of driving (city versus highway.) Be sure to use the type and brand of oil the manufacturer suggests for top efficiency. Change the oil filter with every oil change too to ensure the oil runs smoothly through the engine.
Another big energy saver is in checking the tyres regularly and especially before long trips. Each make of tyre has a specific inflation for best usage. If you drive on tyres that are under-inflated, it will cost in extra fuel, for the extra resistance while rolling. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations on tyre size and proper inflation for the best fuel efficiency. In addition, if you carry a heavy load, like with a truck for example, you will want to adjust your tire inflation accordingly. By doing these simple things you can increase your fuel efficiency by 10 to 20 percent.
Here are some extra tips on saving fuel economy and practice eco-driving. Know your route. If you are traveling to an unfamiliar area, take a map or GPS to help you get the destination without getting lost and needlessly driving around. Do not take unnecessary trips consolidate when possible. Walk or ride a bike when possible. Do not allow the engine to idle, as this uses up fuel. The less weight in the vehicle the better it runs. Do not use luggage or bike racks as they cause wind resistance and slow the fuel economy.