Effective ways to save fuel: World Environment Day 2020

Adopting a relaxed driving/riding style, proper maintenance of the vehicle, and turning off the ignition at traffic signals are some of the most effective ways to save fuel.

Fuel is a very important natural resource in the world simply because it powers most of our vehicles. But we all must remember that crude oil reserves are limited, which means it is important to conserve fuel as much as we can.

Now, while electric mobility is catching up as an alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles, it will take a considerable time for EVs to be as widespread as conventional vehicles because of several reasons. And we can obviously not stop travelling to places.

Hence, it becomes all the more important to use petrol and diesel judiciously. We need to ensure that we do not exhaust all the crude oil reserves.

Few tips can help you not only save fuel and improve your vehicle’s fuel-economy but also good for the environment but will also bring down your daily travelling expenses, especially when the fuel prices are soaring.

Relaxed driving/riding style

We should go easy — disengage the clutch slowly, accelerate gently, and above all, be patient. This is not only safe for us and other vehicle users on the road but also good for our vehicle’s fuel economy.

Turn off the ignition when not in a running condition

We should make it a habit to turn off the engine when not in use, especially at red lights. Follow this especially in front of your kids as it will teach them the importance of fuel conservation.

Use AC judiciously

Though AC is a necessity in most parts of the country because of the temperature, the AC can be turned off and roll down windows, when the weather is pleasant outside.  Be careful sometimes rolling down windows in some cases causes more air drag and consumes more fuel.

Proper maintenance

A well-maintained engine is the first and the most important step is to ensure that your vehicle doesn’t turn into a fuel guzzler. An also, make it a point to get the engine thoroughly serviced. All the components like the air filter, oil filter, etc. cleaned and replace them with new ones if needed. Finally, use the type of engine oil which has been recommended by the automaker. (Don’t be a miser here and use good quality engine oil).

Steady Speed

Most vehicles are tuned to return best fuel-efficiency when used in a certain speed band, that too in the highest gear. Usually, it is somewhere between 50 km/h to 90 km/h, depending upon the vehicle. This will consume less fuel and will be beneficial for the engine as well. In fact, we should keep the speed as steady as possible to save fuel.

Appropriate tyre pressure

When there is low pressure in the tyres, then it increases their contact patch with the ground and causes more friction between the rubber and road. As a result, the engine is forced to use more energy to overcome this friction, which causes it to consume more fuel than usual. So, appropriate tyre pressure should be maintained ,as it not only saves fuel but also increases the longevity of the tyres.

Travel light

Carrying excess load takes a toll on the engine and burns more fuel. So, if your vehicle is loaded with some heavy items that you don’t really need, better to drop them at home.

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