Statutory maintenance is just created in order not only to prevent breakdowns but also to save fuel. After all, such trifles as the untimely replacement of fuel, air filters or spark plugs can impact an excessive fuel consumption. It is also important to monitor the cleanliness of the injectors and the radiator and also to change the oil in time.
Any ride outside the city necessitates long packing, and often people put a lot of extra things in the car. We advise taking only the necessary because every 100 kg (220 lbs) of the overload will require an additional 10% of the fuel. And the loaded roof-rack will increase at all the consumption by half.
Want to save? - forget about the aggressive driving behavior. Here is a phrase which is completely reasonable: slowly but surely. A cautious driving style, perhaps, is the best way to lower the consumption. The driving must be deliberate, smooth and unhurried in the acceleration and deceleration, do not overuse the constant change of lane and sharp maneuvering.
An automatic gearbox often consumes a little more fuel than mechanical, but special modes for economical driving will help to reduce the consumption. When it comes to a mechanical gearbox, it all depends on the correct gear selection: 1-3 are needed only for acceleration when driving more than 60 km/h (40 mph), you can use the 5th gear. Also, it should be remembered that the movement on the "neutral" is uneconomical.
The best speed for the economy is within 60-100 km/h (40-62 mph), the ideal speed is 90 km/h (55 mph). However, do not constantly drive the car under “cruising speed”, the secret of economy is in the soft and constant keeping of one high-speed mode. Therefore, in the cities, it's better all the time to hold to an estimated level of 60 km/h (40 mph) (where it's allowed) and to do this, it's needed to count the traffic situation beforehand.
Selection of effective tires.
In addition to choosing the right parameters and characteristics of the tires, you should pay attention to their efficient performance. The tires efficient performance is affected by such an indicator as rolling resistance. With each turn of the wheel, the tire is deformed under the influence of the roadway. All efforts allowing to make accelerations, brake or pass turns, are centered in the flat spot. Deforming, the materials of the tire heat up and dissipate some of the energy transmitted by the engine. This phenomenon is called rolling resistance.
Watch the pressure.
Tire pressure in the tires is the main indicator affecting fuel consumption. For example, a pressure decrease of 0.5 atm will lead to the increase of the consumption up to 10%, and in addition, to the increase in the braking distance and loss of control. You can check the tire pressure at almost every service station, and the standards for a particular car are usually indicated on the aperture of the driver's door or on the fuel tank hatch.
Thus, to save fuel, the main thing is to automatically comply with simple, low-cost rules. Do not overload the car with gadgets and assistants, which are really unnecessary, and which take too many power.