Tips for saving fuel with your current car – Manila Bulletin


Inigo S. Roces

With today’s high fuel prices, it’s important to get the most out of your fuel. While getting a newer, more fuel-efficient vehicle is out of the question for most, there are fortunately plenty of ways to squeeze more miles out of every drop using the vehicles we have. We’ve put together a list of tips to keep in mind to maximize your fuel mileage.

Plan your trips and itineraries

Often overlooked, one of the best ways to save fuel is to carefully plan your routes. Granted, it’s tempting to stick to the main roads and just weave through traffic. Still, with a little time spent planning, sometimes the twistier indirect route with less traffic can save you a few gallons of fuel.
When planning your trip, try to include a few errands along the way. This ensures you travel in one general direction and avoid taking a special trip later in the week and ending up consuming more fuel.
Finally, try to travel during off-peak hours. When you hit the road when there are fewer cars, you are less likely to encounter traffic jams and you can maintain your speed more consistently. This equates to less fuel being used to speed up or slow down.

Inflate your tires to the correct pressure

Many motorists usually neglect this essential part of car maintenance. Believe it or not, your vehicle’s tires actually have a big effect on fuel consumption. Under-inflated tires can increase your fuel consumption by up to one kilometer per liter per trip. To save a little more fuel, refer to the tire pressure diagram usually found on the driver’s side door sill or in the glove compartment of your car. It will usually have the ideal tire pressure depending on the number of passengers. Tires inflated to the correct pressure roll easier and require less effort from your engine to roll.

Keep a light foot on the accelerator

Another thing you can do to improve fuel efficiency is to work on your own driving. At a time like this, there’s really no need to be heavy-footed. Keep a light foot on the accelerator and accelerate only when needed. Granted, it’s a slower way to get around, but what’s the rush if there’s just another buildup of traffic right ahead. You can save a lot of fuel simply by gently accelerating and coasting to a stop, especially when your route involves multiple traffic lights. Besides the throttle, pay attention to how you change gears (if you’re in a manual) and apply the brakes. Anticipate traffic build-ups and use the momentum of the car rather than the engine to drive. Being gentle with these can also help you extract a few more miles per litre.

Keep your car well maintained

It’s not just the tires that have a drastic effect on your fuel consumption, but also the rest of your car. If you want to get the most out of every fill-up, it’s important to make sure your car is in good working order. Take the opportunity to check consumables such as air, oil and fuel filters and replace them if necessary. Older filters can become clogged with contaminants and therefore require more effort from the engine to get the necessary air, oil or fuel through. It may seem negligible at first glance, but old filters can accumulate hundreds of gallons of wasted fuel over the long term. If you are unsure of what needs to be replaced, take your vehicle to the casa and request Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS). This usually involves checking parts and filters that typically wear out at a particular mileage and replacing them. You’d be surprised how replacing some of these parts can help your car run much smoother and save fuel.
These are just a few tips on how to save fuel, but they are certainly the easiest to apply and take advantage of. Saving fuel means being aware of what you are asking of the car. The less pressure there is, the less fuel it consumes.