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Tips for better fuel consumption

This is a part of the general expenses that go along with owning a motor vehicle. Each vehicle has a specific fuel consumption estimate that is established when manufactured, all influenced by varying factors. Though this is one of the costs that you as owner can have some control over.

Here are a few tips that can be implemented to improve your fuel consumption.

· GO SLOW ON THE BRAKES: As long as it is safe, let the vehicle slow down naturally instead of pushing down on the brake pedal. When pushing the throttle and then having to stop quickly results in the burning up of all the gas in the system without putting it to use.

· SLOW ACCELERATION: Excessive Acceleration after coming to a stop will cause for a lot of fuel to burn up over time, forcing your car’s engine to work harder than it needs to. When accelerating slowly you will be able to extend the use of the fuel in your vehicle. Simply lowering your overall driving speed and keeping your revs low will make a significant difference for your fuel budget.

· CHECK YOUR TIRES: This is one of the simplest ways to improve your fuel economy. Making sure your tires are properly inflated. The slack on a tire can actually slow a car down, dragging it a bit. When tires are correctly inflated the surface of the tire is making optimal contact with the ground.

· AVOID IDLING YOUR CAR: Simply turning off your car’s engine when idling is one of the best ways to save on fuel. Limit the amount of time you spend idling your car. Because your vehicle is standing still, idling decreases the amount of mileage you can get out of your tank.

· FILL YOUR TANK STRATEGICALLY: Plan ahead and try to fill your tank early in the morning or late at night. Filling your fuel when it is coolest outside will mean that the fuel that you receive will be denser.

· USING THE CORRECT FUEL: You can usually find out what the recommended fuel type is for your vehicle for its optimal performance, by checking the owner’s manual.

· PLAN YOUR ROUTES AHEAD: Skipping routes that have many intersections, stop signs or tolls will help you save on fuel. Instead, opt for a route that allows for continuous driving.

· WHEN POSSIBLE USE CRUISE CONTROL: Using cruise control on a lengthy stretch of road will help you drive at a more economic pace without worrying too much about fluctuating the speed.


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