How to Improve your car’s mileage

In today’s age of rising fuel costs, Everyone is just looking to extract the maximum out of every drop of fuel. But sadly, Many don’t know how to go about it and with their wrong driving styles they end up wasting a lot of fuel and money. In this article, We will talk about how to get the best mileage by making small changes in our driving styles and also on the maintenance of our cars.

Make sure that your car is being serviced periodically.

Local Garage for servicing car

Local Garage for servicing car

Engine Oil, Air Filter, Oil Filter, Spark Plugs, Throttle Body Cleaning, Brake Oil, Gear Oil, Coolant all must definitely be changed at the specified intervals. This will ensure that the performance doesn’t drop and also will guarantee maximum efficiency.

At the red signal. 

Traffic Signal Red Light

Traffic Signal Red Light

Do make sure that you switch off the engine. Idling the car wastes a lot of fuel. You’ll be surprised how much fuel you’ll save. As they say, Small drops make an ocean.

Gear shifting

Resting Hand on Gear Knob

Resting Hand on Gear Knob

This is something which you will definitely need to master if you want to extract the maximum mileage out of your car. Each car will have their own gear shifting patterns. The manufacturer would have recommended the maximum speed at which you can travel when you’re in a specific gear. The newer cars now have gear shift indicators which makes the job even easier. Just follow the indications meticulously and you’re good to go. The indications are directly being sent from the ECU (The brain of your car).

Don’t rev the car too much like in the movies.

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe speedo

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe speedo

Your car may sound cool, But in turn you are just causing your car to waste fuel and also all the internals of the engine take a beating which reduces the performance and longevity. Always make sure that you shift before 2000rpm. Ideally, after you cross 60kmph you must be in the 5th .  Always be light footed. If you keep on flooring the accelerator, The car’s engine rpm increases, which in turn will use more fuel unnecessarily.

Do check and set the correct Tire pressure.

Tire pressure check

Tire pressure check

The tire pressure plays a very important role in the mileage aspect of your car. Always make sure that you set and check the pressure during early morning or in the night. When it is hot, the air expands and will give improper readings. Also, do follow the same when filling up fuel.

UN-necessary weight

Big Spoiler more weight

Big Spoiler more weight

Don’t add all these unnecessary extra fittings such as roof scoops, spoilers etc. They are all useful only in high performance cars and is of no use in our daily used cars. In fact, they will do more harm than good by creating extra drag and disturbing the aerodynamics of the car and more weight means less fuel economy.

Use the Car’s Air Conditioner when necessary.

2015 Mercedes Benz E400 AC vents

2015 Mercedes Benz E400 AC vents

Using it for a prolonged period of time will also result in the car using up extra fuel since the compressor, the fan has to draw power from the engine only.

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