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How to Increase Your Car’s Fuel Mileage: Part 2

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How to Improve Your Driving Habits to Increase Mileage

1. Utilise the cruise control

Cruise control is especially important when you are driving on the highway. It helps you to maintain constant speed thereby saving you a lot of fuel consumption. Remember that every time you press the acceleration pedal or the braking pedal you will be interrupting the transmission system which will lead to more fuel consumption.

2. Slow down and maintain an even speed

The faster you drive, the more air your car has to displace. The aerodynamic drag that results from a speeding vehicle can reduce your fuel efficiency by up to 33%.

3. Accelerate smoothly

Your car’s engine will be most efficient when you accelerate gently because the revolutions per minute are best achieved slowly until they pick. For small and mid-sized engines the peak is obtained at between 4000 to 5000 revolutions per minute (RPM).

If you are driving a manual transmission car, try short shifting as higher gears require less fuel compared to lower gears which help your vehicle to get into motion

4. Minimise breaking

Braking your car with the fuel you have already burnt. Remember that you will need to accelerate after you brake and this will consume more fuel than when you drive at constant speed. If you are driving in the city, anticipate the red lights and traffic jam to put your car into coasting mode.

5. Minimise idling

Idling wastes fuel because it gets you nowhere. If you are looking to warm up your car, the best way to achieve this is to drive your car slowly until it reaches its optimal operating temperature. However, if you drive in extremely cold conditions, it is still advisable to allow the engine idle for a few minutes before you start driving.

6. Find your car’s sweet spot

The concept of the engine’s sweet spot is fundamental when you are trying to establish the best speed to drive for fuel efficiency. A smart technology such as 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

7. Use your car’s overdrive

If you’re using an automatic transmission car, the overdrive functionality will be enabled on the “D” shifter. In some car models, it will be indicated as “D2”. This functionality is especially important when trying to break downhill or when the engine is unable to proceed uphill at regular speed. It has been put there to help your car save fuel when it engages a higher gear. When you drive at high speeds, try using the overdrive gear so that you can save a lot of fuel.

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8. Don’t drive around looking for a close parking spot

You will realise that most people try to compete for the open spot in front of a store or an entertainment joint. When you drive around looking for that spot, you are just wasting fuel. Instead, look for a spot in the half-empty parking lot farther down instead of burning fuel for nothing.

9. Maintain a safe distance with the car in front

This safety instruction is also vital for increasing your car’s mileage. The closer you are to the car in front of you the more you will need to break and accelerate. If you maintain a safe distance, all you need to do is to coast and allow the car in front of you to drive away without changing your speed.

10. Avoid turns and stops

Remember every time you drive behind a car; you will have to brake and accelerate. You will also need to wait for the traffic light to clear for you to join the next road. Every time you break or accelerate, you are consuming fuel. Plan your route before you start driving and use the route with the fewest stops and turns.

11. Avoid using the air conditioner

If you are driving in the city, you do not speed up your car a lot. You are better off rolling down the windows than using an air conditioner. However, studies have shown that when driving on the highway where the speeds are higher, rolling down the windows creates a lot of drag who it is bad for fuel efficiency. Roll up the windows, and put on the air conditioner when on the highway to increase your car’s aerodynamics.

If you’re trying to control how much fuel your car consumes, you need to monitor how hard your engine works. The most critical parameters to monitor include the air conditioning, acceleration, and speed.

How to Plan ahead to Increase Your Car’s Mileage

1. Combine your trips

Keep a list of all the things that you need to accomplish in a day, and then try to accomplish all of them in one trip. What this means is that you will not increase your fuel mileage, but you will also not need to drive many times to accomplish the different tasks. You will, therefore, consume less petrol than somebody who drove for all the tasks.

2. Choose your route carefully

The more vehicles on the route you choose, the more likely you will need to break and accelerate as the cars in front of you stops and takes time to turn in different direction. Choose our route with the list traffic as this will enable you to utilise cruise control better. Also, use highways instead of city streets because you can coast your vehicle better there.

3. Maintain a good log of your mileage

Every dollar you spend on fuel will count. If you regularly drive four business purposes, the internal revenue service will require that you produce sufficient evidence that indeed you drove for business purposes. These expenses are tax deductible and will go a long way in saving the amount of money you use on fuel.

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