Top 10 Fuel Stretch Tips

Found these tips at Shell’s website and it’s a definitely MUST share:

1. Drive Smoothly
Aggressive driving can use as much as a third more fuel than safe driving. So we need to avoid accelerating or braking too hard and try to keep your steering as smooth as possible.

2. Use higher gears
The higher gear you drive, the lower your engine speed is, thus, improving fuel efficiency. Therefore, it’s advisable to change up a gear whenever possible, without labouring the engine.

3. Tune and service your engine
Apparently, a well tuned engine can improve fuel economy by up to 4%. So check your car manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing and remember to change your oil often.

4. Keep your tyres at the right pressure
Tyres that are inflated correctly are safer and can last longer. A tyre that is under inflated by just 1psi can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 3%. An under or over inflated tyre is also more susceptible to failing.

5. Avoid carrying excess weight
For every extra 45kg you carry, your fuel efficiency can drop by 1-2%. Make sure you keep your boot or back seat clear of unnecessary items that add weight to your vehicle.

6. Keep the windows closed
This is an interesting tip. It looks like wind blowing through an open window will slow you down. To compensate, you will eventually put your foot down harder, thus using more fuel.

7. Take the roof rack off
If you’re not using your roof rack, then remove it. Roof rack affect the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle and create drag, reducing fueld economy by as much as 5%.

8. Use the correct oil
Always use the recommended grade of motor oil. Using the manufacturer’s recommended lubricant can improve fueld efficiency by 1-2%. Higher quality motor oils can also help your engine operate more efficiently.

9. Use cruise control
Using cruise control on major roads help you maintain a constant speed and will improve fuel comsumption.

10. Avoid excess idling
Idling gets you no where but still burns fuel. Turn the engine off when you’re in a queue or waiting for someone.

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