How to Increase Your Car’s Fuel Mileage: Part 1

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Fuel prices will continue to rise, and thus the best way to spend your money is to figure out a way to increase the mileage per dollar.

Below are a couple of creative things you can do to improve your car’s efficiency and spend less money on petrol.

What to Do to the Car to Increase Mileage

1. Inflate the tyres properly

Studies have shown that properly inflated tyres can reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%.

During the colder months, your tyres will lose about one PSI per month due to thermal contraction in the air. As a best practice, check your tyres on a weekly basis.

Well-inflated tyres will also help you avoid uneven wear and tear.

If you inflate your tyres at fuel stations, it is essential that you double-check the pressure in your tyres using your gauge especially if the automatic air compressors at the fuel station show you to add a large amount of air.

If you are lucky, the compressor will have some small permanently installed valve stem extensions that can allow you to feel your tyres with air without removing the caps.

Unfortunately, some of these automatic air compressors are prone to jamming due to foreign materials full stop

To ensure that your pressure reading is accurate, feel the tyres with air in the morning or after you have driven just two miles.

When the tyres heat up, you will get an inaccurate reading.

If you have been driving around for some time, and it is hot outside, your tyre lose about three PSI.

Your car will have a manual indicating how much pressure you should feel your tyres .

Alternatively, on the driver side door, you will have the recommended pressure for your tyres .

Note that the reading stamped on your car’s tyre is the maximum pressure that you can put into the tyre and not the recommended one.

2. Tune up the engine

Have your car engine regularly tuned to enhance the power and the efficiency of its fuel.

Be very careful when you are having your car engine tuned because if it is being optimised to increase its power, the mechanics will disable most of the efficiency measures that were put there by the manufacturer.

Ensure that the engine has spark plugs that are in good condition, the oil is changed on time, the oil filter is in good condition, and the air filter is clean.

3. Monitor the condition of the air filter

An air filter that is dirty reduces your car’s fuel economy. It may also stall the engine when idling. Avoid dusty roads that may clog your air filter.

4. Replace the fuel filter

Your car’s manufacturer will have a recommended schedule for changing the fuel filter.

Make sure you follow the schedule without fail to enhance your fuel efficiency.

5. Don’t haul excess load

As a rule, before you buy a car, and sure that you are getting the latest car that will serve your needs best.

The weight of the car is usually one of the biggest causes of loss of fuel in non-hybrid vehicles.

If you are driving yourself to work, get rid of the excess weight in your car.

Your car has some seats that are not in use, have them removed. Sometimes we are tempted to use the cutting edge storage space.

This is inadvisable because every time you haul that load around you’re reducing your car’s fuel efficiency.

Do not remove the things that you regularly need in your car because making extra trips to retrieve them will waste fuel.

6. Improve the car’s aerodynamics by using narrow tyres

Narrow tyres have a smaller front area that helps reduce the aerodynamic drag.

Don’t forget that narrow tyres give less traction compared to wide tyres and hence the reasons why many sports cars have wide tyres .

Always make sure that you fit your car with the tyres that have been recommended by the manufacturer.

7. Use low resistance compound tyres

The low resistance compound tyres are great for fuel economy because they reduce their air drag by a few percentage points.

While these tyres are great, ensure that you do not substitute proper inflation with this type of tyres or replace them with the former tyres before they are completely worn out.

8. Ensure the systems are in good working condition

The systems that you will need to ensure are in good working condition in fuel injected cars are oxygen sensors, evaporative emissions control systems, and engine emissions system.

Every time the engine light on the dashboard hands-on, it is an indication that some of these components are not in good working condition.

For example, a damaged oxygen sensor will make the fuel reach in mixture which decreases your mileage by 20%.

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What to Do to the Fuel to Increase Mileage

1. Fill Half Tank

When your fuel tank is just 1/4 full, you will be putting a lot of pressure on the fuel pump.

However, if you fill up the tank completely, you will only be adding unnecessary weight to your car which will be bad for fuel efficiency – 1/2 time is better for your mileage.

2. Add a synthetic oil additive to when changing your oil

Adding some synthetic additives oil to your engine’s oil helps in circulating the oil better in your car’s engine.

It can increase your fuel mileage by up to 15% if you follow the manual and the recommended use correctly.

3. Only buy quality petrol

Before you purchase your casual, compare the mileage between different fuel companies and then select the best for your car.

Even though the fuel you purchase is heavily discounted, it may save you a few cents per gallon, but it can contain a higher percentage of ethanol which burns faster.

Use a smart technology such as GOFAR to track and log your mileage.

GOFAR helps you to find your car engine’s sweet spot and then guides you on driving efficiently to save fuel and reduce wear on your brakes.

Other areas where the GOFAR app and device can help you include;

  • Tracking the car mileage for tax deductions
  • Alerting you when the car has a fault
  • Explaining the car faults in plain English
  • Reminding the driver of ReGo & Insurance
  • Connecting drivers to top-rated mechanics and parts suppliers
  • Saving fuel by finding the engine’s sweet spot
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