Tips From Canadian Auto Mall for Achieving Maximum Fuel Efficiency
Tips for Achieving Maximum Fuel Efficiency
“Why is my car not getting the fuel mileage it used to?” This is a common question you hear when working in the service department. There are many factors that can affect a vehicle’s fuel economy, such as driving style, weather conditions, engine performance and aerodynamics. Below are a couple of tips to help get the most out of your fuel dollars.
1. Driving style – Rapid acceleration, driving over the speed limit and driving at inconsistent speeds can have a negative effect on a vehicle’s fuel economy. Driving with fuel consumption in mind and maintaining consistent speeds using cruise control can help you achieve the best fuel economy.
2. Tire Pressure – Under-inflated tires can negatively affect a vehicle’s “rolling resistance” meaning more effort is required to move the vehicle. Under-inflation can translate into a 0.3% decrease in fuel economy for every 1 psi drop in pressure over all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer, more fuel efficient and will last longer.
3. Aerodynamics – New vehicle manufacturers pay close attention to aerodynamics when designing a vehicle. Maximising aerodynamics allows a vehicle to slide through the air with less resistance. Adding accessories like roof mounted cargo boxes, bike and ski racks can increase the amount of effort required to maintain your vehicle’s speed and increase your fuel consumption by as much as 20%.