Drive Like A Pro: 7 Ways You Can Save On Fuel Consumption

With fueling hitting Ksh 135 a litre in Kenya and skyrocketing everywhere else in the world, many have been looking at ways they can save on consumption.

Cost of living has also shot up and therefore a majority of Kenyans don’t necessarily have the luxury of adjusting their monthly budget.

Even though we are aware that engines need fuel to run, that does not mean you can’t make some small changes to help you gain some fuel savings.

Below are simple ways you ensure your car uses less fuel.

  1. Avoid AC and heat use

While many have argued that the car doesn’t use more fuel when you use the AC, fuel consumption spikes when depending on the AC use. The more the use, the higher the consumption. AC uses the car battery which in turn forces the engine to work harder by charging the battery. This leads to higher fuel consumption.

2. Keep tires pumped up

Tires that are underinflated have a higher rolling resistance on the road. This means that with every kilometre travelled, your tires generate more friction and rolling resistance, and hence, will increase fuel consumption. If all your tires are underinflated by 10 psi, this could reduce fuel efficiency by up to 10%.

3. Avoid hard acceleration and braking

Hard accelerations and stops increase fuel consumption greatly. Always drive off smoothly and avoid unnecessary braking.

4. Don’t go too fast or too slow

When cruising down a highway, your engine works hard to overcome wind resistance. You’ll burn up to 15% more fuel at 100 km/h and 25% more at 110 km/h. That might tempt you to drive slow, but if you drive slower than 50 km/h, your engine would drop to a lower gear, thus using up more fuel. In conclusion, a steady 50 – 90 km/h on the highway is best to achieve optimal fuel economy.

5. Turn the engine off instead of letting it idle

Idling gets you nowhere but still burns fuel. Turn the engine off when you’re in a queue, or waiting for someone, until you need it.

6. Remove excess weight

Stop driving around with weight in your boot or stacked at the back of your seats.

Keep your car clean and light.  More weight means more fuel to pull it up those hills.

7. Maintain your vehicle

Keeping your vehicle in a good condition should help to cut costs. This includes booking it for regular services and getting things fixed when they’re not working properly. 

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