Save Fuel In 2020
What can you do to save fuel? Quite a lot, actually, if you put your heart to it. Yes, a petrol-engined V8 SUV will never be economical, nor will a turbocharged supercar. Reducing your vehicle’s fuel consumption is nonetheless easier than you may think. Yes, you can save some fuel – every drop counts, does it not? In this article we take a look at what you can do to save fuel.
Diesel or petrol
Diesel vehicles are more economical than petrol vehicles. However, their maintenance and repair costs are usually higher. In addition, they also have a higher initial purchase price. They do indeed yield great savings over the short term, or for people doing a lot of annual highway driving but you should always compare total maintenance costs before you decide what to buy. While it may be true that diesel cars are economical, modern petrol cars have become increasingly fuel-efficient.
Your driving style plays an important role
Harsh acceleration and high-speed waste fuel. If you can reduce both, you will see sizeable fuel savings. Plan ahead when driving in traffic. Don’t race up to a red light and then pull away with screeching tyres when it turns green – rather, try coasting when you see a red light ahead and you might not even have to stop at all. Accelerating from a standstill requires the most fuel and driving steadily in a high gear requires the least. Braking wastes fuel too. When you brake, you convert kinetic energy into heat through the brakes. Instead of braking, you can rather start coasting earlier to lose speed. Besides, gliding along at a sensible speed is less stressful than racing for every gap in traffic.
If you maintain your car well, it will be highly likely that it will be an efficient car. Stick to the service schedule. Make sure it always has fresh oil, good spark plugs and clean filters to run as efficiently as possible. Inflate your tyres to the correct pressures as soft tyres increase rolling resistance and waste fuel! They can even overheat and suffer a dangerous blow-out. According to wheels.ca, under-inflation of the tyre by 10 per cent increases fuel consumption by two per cent. Twenty per cent under-inflation increases tyre wear by 16 per cent and increases fuel consumption by four per cent. Ensure that your wheels are correctly aligned and balanced. Remember, that scrubbing and vibration from the tyres add to the driving resistance and fuel consumption. Besides, your expensive tyres will not wear out prematurely if you look after them.
There is only so much you can do to “tune” your engine to get better economy. The engine is computer-controlled so, besides applying the tips shared here, how can you help your ECU think more economically? Well, fitting a Unichip will certainly help. Electronic settings for mass-production leave room for improvement. and a Unichip can optimise these settings to such an extent that it can save you fuel without sacrificing any power. A Unichip keeps your engine on an ideal narrow path to ensure the optimal combination of performance and economy.
Talk to us today about fitting a Unichip, the piggyback computer that leaves your car standard under the skin. It is easily removed and can be used in your next car. Contact us and have our technicians fit your Unichip.