Most of the car rental drivers sadly receives the news when the low fuel level warning light flashes on the dashboard. Many factors can influence the car consumption.
The following summary contains some useful tips that can help you to save fuel.
1. Let us travel less
Did you know that when you are driving a car, which stood for a few hours before, uses more fuel on the first 10 km because of the cold engine? Therefore you can coupled the day’s schedule so that you can perform everything in one trip. Of course, this is almost impossible, but at least try to go to buy not one by one.
2. Don’t drive in rush hours
There are few worse places where you can spend your time as a plug, it can also be very costly. Every time you stop and go, you need to gear to one, in this time a larger amount of fuel moves again and again. Second gear is not much better. The best solution is if you don’t drive during the rush hour. You can save a bit of fuel if you move smoothly at continuously low speed and with rare gas and brake.
3. Close the windows (sunroof too)
This is not a big problem if you drive in the city, but on the highway with higher speeds, the car “form” is very important because of the resistance. The car designers call it aerodynamics and at the designing of the car they consciously aim to reduce the resistance as much as possible and the car will be as slim as possible. You do not have to do anything about the car’s looks, but beware that if the windows and the sunroof open it worse the situation. Instead, use the air vents, and the climate if you have one in the car.
4. Remove the roof rack
It’s a similar situation as you leave the window open, but maybe it’s even a little worse. Even if the roof rack is empty, it increases the resistance and therefore the car uses more fuel. Recent roof racks you can be install and take off very quick and easy so you do not cause much trouble to remove them in case you’re not using them.
5. Do not carry unnecessary weight in your car
The greater the weight that you need to transport with the car, the more fuel it consumes. Therefore, if you do not have to, do not put things in the trunk, which you never use. We humans do not carry a heavy backpack, we do not have to, so save your car from weight.
Ironically, the heavier one thing, the less happy to take out of the car and it has a better impact on the consumption of the vehicle.
6. Accelerate smoothly
The most perfect would be if you drive at a constant speed over the whole travel, in the highest gear. If you are a patient driver and want to save a bit of fuel, you can. But of course in most cases it’s impossible. After all, it’s unrealistic to avoid to slow down due overtaking or a traffic lamp, but if you are between two lights and you see that the front is red, do not accelerate unnecessarily, because you would not go any further until the light doesn’t switch to green – any sudden acceleration may increase fuel consumption.
7. Do not press the accelerator too far
On this people always surprise. You may drive in a higher gear, can move forward a reasonable rate, but if you press the accelerator pedal too long in order to avoid the shift to a lower gear, the more fuel is used, rather than less. Obviously, if you have a car with automatic transmission, it is not a problem.
8. Turn off the air climate
Many people leave it activate throughout the year. In winter, it will prevent window fogging and if you use it, you almost never have to think about temperature in the car, but it uses more fuel, so experts recommend to switch off when there is no hot outside.
9. Keep the speed limit
If you ignore the restrictions you may save a little time of the time of travel, especially on long travel. However, you might arrive 20 minutes earlier, as you’re going to drive at 100 instead of 90, but it is less economical. Despite running the car 20 minutes less, using a lot more fuel.
10. Regularly check the tire pressure
The lower the tire pressure, the more fuel your car consumes on the road. At least every 2 weeks it’s recommend to check the tire pressure, which takes only 5 minutes. If you’re not sure how much would be the ideal tire pressure, you can find the ideal values on the inside of the driver’s door in the most car.
Via Rent Auto Rent