Friday, 16 November 2012

9 Tips For Saving On Fuel Consumption

In a trying economy with fuel prices up, saving money on fuel is on everyone’s priority list. By making a few small changes in your routine and keeping an eye toward conservation, you can save thousands of naira in a year on fuel costs and consumption.

1. Always plan your trip. Combine your auto trips whenever possible. If the dry cleaners is next to the post office is next to the bank, that’s one trip, not three. A little planning can save you a lot of money.

2. Buy gasoline during coolest time of day - early morning or late evening is best. so you can get more fuel for your money. During these times petrol is densest. Keep in mind - petrol pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel concentration. You are charged according to "volume of measurement".

3. Get your foot off the pedal. While vehicles vary at which rate of speed they reach optimal fuel efficiency, the general consensus is that you see a marked decrease in efficiency over 60 mph. By some estimates, every five miles over the speed equals to a loss of fuel efficiency comparable to 40 naira per gallon.If your tank holds 15 gallons and you can save 40 naira per gallon and you visit the petrol station twice in a week, that’s approximately 64,000 naira in a year.

4. Don’t brake and accelerate like a racecar driver. Those aggressive stops and starts are horrible on your mileage and your engine. Use cruise control on the highway to maintain a constant rate of speed.

5. Take the junk out of your car or truck. The less your vehicle weighs the better the fuel efficiency, so if you still have a fifty pound bag of sand in your car’s trunk from your last projrct, get it out.

6. Maintain your automobile. Inflate and regularly check tire pressure. Improperly inflated tires force your car to work harder and burn more fuel.

8. Try fuel additives. Though some of the fuel additives on the market are little more than worthless scams, there are a few fuel additives out there that do a genuinely good job of making sure your engine uses fuel in the most efficient manner possible.

9.Invest in a GPS. Particularly if you frequently travel in unfamiliar territory, a GPS that gets you directly to your destination without getting you lost can save you hundreds of dollars in fuel costs

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