The fuel consumption depends on two main factors – the driving style of a person and the serviceability of all the mechanisms and units in a car.
It is a good idea to make sure that fuel consumption does not exceed the established numbers not only for the sake of economizing. The fact is that along with increased fuel consumption, the wear and tear of car parts and mechanisms is higher, and accordingly the risk of a car accident is increased regardless of whether you drive a highly reliable SUV like Ford Escape or regular sedan like a Skoda Octavia.
Proper car maintenance and optimal driving style allow you to increase the car’s run between repairs and keep it in good condition for years to come.
- Try to make sure that your engine does not have to work under load too often. In addition, when accelerating, you should not rush to upshift, as this way you can avoid useless engine overloads.
- If you have to drive a car in a strong fog, you should not do the following: overtake other cars, change lanes, drive through tramways, tow another car. When driving in a fog, it is best to follow a large car, which would partially dissipate the fog. Do not forget about keeping the distance either. In the event that the visibility does not exceed 10 m, your speed should be a maximum of 5 km / h. The fact is that the fog not only worsens visibility, but also distorts the perception of yellow and green light rays.
- During short stops, keep the engine on, as starting an engine over and over again is bad for the engine and fuel economy.
- Learn to drive up to the expected stopping points without using sharp braking. The best option is not to use the brakes when driving at speeds exceeding 30-40 km / h. Through traveling by inertia, you can compensate for the energy spent on overclocking another car. In the case of sharp braking, this energy would be spent on overcoming the frictional force. A well-practiced free-running skill can save you up to 20 ~ 25% of fuel, and when driving on a slippery road, this skill will ensure safety.
- With a sporty driving style, you should increase tire pressure by 0.2 kgf / cm2. Of course, this style of driving does not help with fuel economy. The thing is that when you drive a car normally, gasoline consumption is 15-20% lower as opposed to when you accelerate and brake fast. In addition, in a vehicle that accelerates/brakes abruptly, such important components as the engine, clutch, tires and brakes wear out more quickly. However, if you drive a sporty car like a Ford Mustang, the fun and pure pleasure might be worth it.
- In urban traffic, when travelling along the usual route, you can set a certain speed and mode of travelling so that you do not have to decelerate/accelerate all too often, as this will be highly beneficial from a fuel economy standpoint.