How to save fuel: Efficient driving
Going to work, shopping at the supermarket, picking up the children from school, travelling... Driving is part of our daily lives, and filling up the tank means more and more effort for all families, increasing the budget, not just for that month, but for all of our holidays.
For this reason, today we bring you the 6 best tips to save fuel with efficient driving to continue enjoying your road trips. Let's get started!
First of all, you should understand what is meant by efficient driving: it is all the driving habits that not only contribute to reducing fuel consumption, but also to reducing emissions and improving road safety.
Elements to take into account to save fuel
Now we are going to share with you the best tips to save fuel, to ensure that nothing prevents you from enjoying your road trip with your partner, friends, or family. Take note:
Did you know that tyres are responsible for up to 20% of the fuel consumption of a vehicle? Check your tyre pressures periodically and ensure that the pressure is in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines. Not only will you enjoy a safer car journey, but you'll be able to save between 2% and 4% fuel
Avoid sudden changes of speed
Pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, and urban traffic can cause unnecessary braking and acceleration that directly affect our fuel reserves. The best solution is to anticipate the traffic at that moment and reduce speed in advance to avoid the heavy braking that will force you to accelerate sharply again.
Control the temperature
Driving with the windows open can force your car to exert greater air resistance.
We recommend that instead you set the vehicle's air conditioning to a temperature between 2 and 5 degrees below the outside temperature. In this way you can cool down the cabin without excessively forcing the engine.
Plan your breaks
Planning your breaks in advance will bring you big savings on your road trip. By planning your breaks, you will be able to select the service stations closest to the main road and you will travel less distance in search of a place to rest.
Here are our 11 tips to prepare your getaway by car
Use higher gears
Keep in mind that using higher gears (4th, 5th and 6th) when driving is a great tip for travelling cheaply by car. These higher gears ensure that the engine makes less revolutions and does not have to work so hard. You should change up a gear at 2,000-2,500 rpm in a petrol car, and between 1,500 and 2,000 rpm in a diesel car.
Monitor the weight of your vehicle
It has happened to us all at some point. The car boot accumulates extra weight with each trip. Before travelling by car, make sure that you remove everything that you don't need for your trip. When you pack your suitcases, think about what you will actually use, as the extra weight will increase the fuel cost.
Now that you know these tips to save fuel, don't forget to apply them in your daily life to benefit from more efficient driving and save money filling the tank. Your wallet will thank you, and so will the planet, as you can continue to enjoy the landscapes by road.
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We hope to see you on the road soon, Roadlover