With fuel prices still very high, all means are good to save a few dollar at the wheel. Reveals 10 practical tips for a more economical driving.
1. Check tire pressure
The right tire pressure is important for economical driving. In fact, a tire that is too little inflated causes more friction, and therefore causes an over consumption which can be as high as 8%.
It should also be noted that a poorly inflated tire tends to wear out more quickly. Ensuring tire pressure regularly ensures a longer service life.
Our advice: check the pressure of your tires very regularly, once a month for example. This advice is also particularly valid before a big start.
2. Maintain your car well
This may sound silly, but a well-maintained car allows you to consume less fuel.
Replacing air, fuel or diesel filters when necessary, by changing the dirty oil filter, or by performing a drain every year, your vehicle runs better, uses less energy, and Saves fuel.
Our advice: Maintain your vehicle well over time, the effects will be felt in your wallet.
3. Do not Overload Your Vehicle
The more your car is charged, the more it consumes! Do not get rid of the objects necessary for your journeys, but do not overwhelm others.
Do you really need the gallery or the luggage compartment permanently on the roof? Does the bike carrier at the rear really serve you every day? All these heavy and external objects offer greater resistance to air, and require greater fuel consumption. Be aware, for example, that wearing a gallery on the roof consumes up to 1 liter of fuel per 100 kilometers traveled.
Our advice: Do not unnecessarily charge the interior or exterior of your vehicle. A heavier car consumes more!
4. Avoid using unnecessary devices
Air conditioning, GPS, mini-ventilator, car stereo, headlights in daylight … All these objects that work on board increase the fuel consumption of your vehicle, up to 10% more!
Certainly, air conditioning is often nice, but should you turn it on permanently? Know that on a fill of gasoline, the equivalent of 100 km is consumed by the air conditioning.
Does your GPS need to work all the time?
Our advice: Only use the appliances you really need.
Instead of turning the air conditioning on immediately, first ventilate the cockpit by opening the windows for a few minutes. The air conditioning will have to consume less to refresh the space. By using your air conditioning better, you can save up to 4 dollar per 100 kilometers traveled.
If your GPS is not integrated, consider unplugging it when it is recharged, and let the battery drain completely before reconnecting it.
5. Adopt the right attitude for the first kilometers
It is at the start and the first kilometers that your car consumes the most, because your engine is cold. Moreover, according to the Ademe (Agency for the Environment and Energy Management), the first kilometer consumes 10 to 15 times more fuel to the car than a kilometer later, when the engine is hot.
Our advice: Try to make short trips on foot, by bike …
For longer journeys, start gently, and try to keep a constant reduced speed for the first kilometer. Then gradually resume normal speed.
6. Driving ahead
This is an essential requirement for your safety, which will also allow you to save money while driving.
By observing in the distance, you can see the slowdowns, red lights, traffic on the round abouts … and avoid stopping and restarting each time by wasting fuel unnecessarily.
Moreover, unlike a very sustained brake pedal, slowly downshifting to slow down allows you to keep brakes and brake pads longer in good condition.
Our tip: Strive to keep the traffic as far away as possible for a more flexible and fuel-efficient ride.
7. Turn off the engine as soon as possible
Keep your engine running when you wait at a red light, at a railway crossing, during a quick stop, in traffic jams makes you consume fuel unnecessarily.
If this was a problem on older models, recent cars, they support very well these cuts of engines “untimely”, so do not hesitate to do so to save a few cents each time.
8. Do not hesitate to release the pedal
Today, with injected cars, fuel is no longer conveyed to the engine as soon as you release the accelerator pedal. Meanwhile, your gasoline or diesel consumption is zero.
Our advice: On the descent, it is better to release the pedal and keep a speed engaged (zero consumption) rather than to put in neutral and to trigger the idle which requires the arrival of fuel in the engine.
9. Well switching speeds
The moment you choose to switch your gear can play on your fuel consumption. To save money on recent cars, do not push the gears too far. It is better to accelerate frankly at low revs and move very quickly to the top speed.
Our Advice: To save fuel by passing your gear, make the change when your tachometer reads 2,000 rpm for a diesel and 3,000 rpm for a gasoline. This technique is not so simple and may require some training, but on the wallet side, the game is worth the effort!
10. Prefer carpooling
It’s obvious, if you share your car or someone else’s car, you’ll save money. Thus, for your daily commutes between your home and work, if you use your car, then a carpool partner, both vehicles will wear out twice as fast.
Are you still the driver? Ask for participation in the people you are carrying. This amount will help you pay for gasoline, repairs, insurance …
According to the Ademe (Agency for the Environment and Energy Management), carpooling daily for a commuting trip of 30 km will save you 3 105 dollar per year!