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Top Seven Fuel Saving Tips 2019

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Unfortunately, the price of fuel seems to only go up. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to curb fuel consumption and save yourself a little money in the process. Below are 7 tips to help you improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency so you can buy fuel less frequently.

1. Slow down

This is simple and will do wonders for your fuel economy. Many people drive 10 to 20 km/h/mph above the posted speed limit, especially on motorways. While this will get you to your destination a little faster, it can really decrease your fuel mileage. Driving the speed limit will help you to conserve fuel.

2. Keep your car maintained

Keep your car maintained and follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. According to the Road Safety Authority a poorly maintained vehicle can cost the equivalent of up to 15c/p more per litre on fuel.

3. Plan your trip

​Before heading out to run errands, plan your trip. That way you can avoid having to backtrack or criss-cross the country. Also, try to avoid several short trips; instead, combine running all your errands into one outing.

4. Less items in the boot

Something as simple as emptying your boot can contribute to fuel savings. This might be tough if you’re transporting sports equipment or other outdoor supplies for example, however you can start by removing unnecessary items to begin with. Objects like bike and luggage racks will also create drag and lower your fuel economy, so store them away after excursions instead of leaving them on your vehicle.

5. Check your air filters

Most drivers think that cars run on just fuel. Actually, cars run on gas and oxygen, hence the performance increase when a turbocharger blows more air in the intake manifold. If this flow is restricted by a clogged air filter, your performance and your fuel economy suffer. It is estimated that you could save as much as 22 cents per gallon by replacing a bad air filter

6. Keep your windows closed

Windows open, especially at motorway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.

7. ​Avoid Long Idles

If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, turn off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.

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