Mileage is an important factor that will make a break a person's decision to buy a car. In a market like India, price and mileage are important factors even for premium cars. With fuel prices going sky high every month, there is little doubt abut the importance of mileage be it in a car or a two wheeler.
So does your car always deliver the same high mileage as advertised by carmakers? Most people would say No, but there are a lucky few who say Yes. So we were wondering how these people manage to maintain a high mileage in their cars despite using them for several years. Drivespark spoke to some seasoned drivers and has collected some tips to help every car driver save fuel and improve the car's mileage.
Every Rupee saved is a Rupee earned. Similarly every drop of fuel saved is a drop earned. So how will you achieve a high mileage in your car? There are two basic ares that you need to focus – the first one being maintenance and the other one being your driving style.
Driving a car for thousands of kilometres will have an impact on its machinery which will in turn affect mileage. Maintaining a car at optimum condition is essential to get high mileage. Further the driving style will also determine the amount of fuel the car's engine consumes.
Here are five maintenance tips that will keep your car's mileage highest-selling
Keep Air Filter Clean: The air filter ensures the engine gets clean air to burn which makes it efficient. A dirty air filter will only lead to lot of unburnt fuel. Always clean the air filter once a month to ensure ideal performance
Maintain tyre pressure: The correct tyre pressure will mean the car will not deal with too much resistance from the tarmac. The surface area of tyres with low pressure will increase friction and will increase fuel consumption by as much as 20%. So always maintain proper air pressure in your tyres. It is always handy to have a pressure gauge with you.
Keep Car's weight low: Why do rally cars have only the bare minimum equipment? The lesser weight resulting from removing unnecessary items will not only improve speed but also mileage. The same principle applies to regular cars too. Throw away anything that is useless and adds to the weight of the car. Stuff weighing about 50 to 60 kilos will mean you are carrying one extra person every time you are driving.
Refuel in Early Morning: Always refuel during early morning. This will help as the fuel will be denser when cold and hence you will get more fuel. Further there will be little gas and foam in it.
Car service: Always get the car's maintenance done on time. Change expendable parts such as spark plugs, air filters and fuel filters whenever needed. Maintain body fluids such as brake fluids and lubricants so that your engine and brakes work well together.
Now let us look at how you can improve your car's mileage by changing your driving style
Do not Change Gears Frequently: Changing gears regularly will mean more fuel is burnt. So avoid dropping down gears just to up speed. Instead get to the top gear and maintain a steady sped. Such a driving style will save fuel particularly on the high way
Avoid Idling Your Engine: Driving in city traffic means you tend to spend lot of time stationary, but your car's engine will keep on running. An engine spends as mush as 20% fuel even while the car is not moving. It is a wastage you can avoid by stopping the car whenever you reach a long traffic signals.
AC Will Reduce Mileage: Most modern cars now are available with air conditioning but do you know that AC can drastically cut your car's mileage? Not using the AC during hot summers is not something we would suggest. Rather you should use the AC smartly. Do not switch on the AC when you start the car. Drive the car for a few minutes and then start the AC. Further do not keep the car's temperature very low. This will add pressure on the compressor and consume more power.
Do Not Race On Streets: Always avoid aggressive driving and racing on streets. Such driving style will not only push up fuel consumption but can also lead to risky situations. Do not try to accelerate past 60kmph within city roads.
Be soft on the Accelerator: The engine does not require too much pushing while driving across regular traffic. So be soft on the accelerator and save fuel.. Revving the engine to high rpms while in lower gears will help accelerate quickly but you can do the same at a higher gear at lower rpms and spend lesser amounts of fuel.
Always drive at optimum driving speeds: Driving a car at the optimum speed is something we never tend to do. The optimum speed is always indicated on the milometer. Driving at these speeds will always ensure the engine is not under undue pressure and will remain error free for years.