With the T.R.A.I.N Tax taking effect early this year and increasing the cost per liter of fuel and with no end in sight; It’s high time motorists start learning how to “Eco-Drive” or drive with fuel economy in mind to save money at the pumps. Here are some tips on how to drive economically:
Another thing motorist’s take for granted is the act of driving itself. It’s important to remember especially in the city that driving smoothly affects fuel economy.
How may you ask?
Reading the traffic and paying attention to the vehicles around you allows you to choose your lanes properly and avoid sudden braking and accelerating which contribute to using more fuel. Also, be mindful of your gas pedal, be gentle with the way you press the pedal, higher revs increase your fuel consumption.
Use navigational apps
Gone are the days when going from point A to point B was as simple as getting in your car and driving. With the increase in car sales over the year’s, traffic has been increasing as well much to motorist’s dismay; not to mention that being in stand still or slow-moving traffic directly increases your fuel consumption. Navigational apps such as Waze and google maps help by alerting them of traffic affected roads and calculate the fastest route to your destination. Navigational apps help avoid heavy traffic routes and keep you moving.
Plan your trips
This tip actually works hand in hand with tip #2, motorists should plan their trips, this is to avoid getting stuck in rush hour traffic. Also, always allow ample time for your travel based on distance and location of your destination, to avoid aggressive driving.
Keep tires inflated at the recommended pressures.
This is one thing many motorists take for granted, not keeping your tires at the recommended PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) can decrease your cars fuel economy, due to more rubber making contact with the road. This creates more “rolling resistance” in the tire, meaning the engine of the car will have to exert more effort in order to get going thus burning more fuel, also take note that driving on under-inflated tires also shortens the lifespan of a tire.
*Note that each vehicle’s recommended PSI is indicated on a sticker in the driver’s side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner’s manual.
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