Tips for Saving Fuel

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  • Ensure that Tyre pressures are maintained as per manufacturer specifications. Over or under inflated tyres would mean better mileage or better handling respectively but will drastically reduce the Tyre life.
  •    Adjust Tyre pressure when the Tyre is hot, i.e when the vehicle has run for 15 to 20 km. Hot air expands if Tyre pressure is regulated, when cold you will mostly have excess air in the tyres.
  •    Try to fill fuel in the mornings, as specific gravity of fuel is high in the morning.
  •    Try to keep the fuel tank above the half mark in city driving conditions so that a proper pressure is maintained. Also this will ensure that the fuel lines are always clean and are not clogged by the gum like residue of slow flowing fuel. The Fuel tank too will not catch rust.
  •    Get the vehicle serviced at regular intervals from authorized service centers to ensure that the vehicle is in proper tune at all times.You must maintain the engine in good condition. A bad engine can cut the car’s mileage by as much as 20 per cent. The spark plugs must be checked regulary. The engine oil should be checked and used according to the car manual specifications. Make sure air filters are clean.
  •    Use recommended fuel additives to keep the fuel system clean. (Please note these additives have recommended instructions and applications.)
  •    Higher octane fuels as X-tra Premium (91 octane), Speed 93 and Power 93 (both 93 octane) are recommended for cars with engines having higher compression ratios, viz., C segment and above. This results in improved mileage as well as enhanced performance. No additives need be used with these fuels.
  •    Drive your vehicle smoothly and avoid sudden acceleration or braking. Anticipate stops to avoid harsh braking.
  •    When you are nearing a traffic signal, slow down gradually. When you start, avoid accelerating immediately. Always switch off the engine while waiting for the light to turn green. Waiting with the engine on for more than a minute means more fuel consumption. Comparatively, the engine uses lesser fuel to restart.
  •    Avoid using the air-conditioner whenever possible. ACs use about 10 per cent extra fuel. You can also try switching it off after sometime and let the fan circulate the air, especially when you are about to reach your home or office.
  •   Try shifting to higher gears at lower speeds, especially in citydriving to get the maximum mileage out of your car. Ideally, one should be in 5th gear or the highest possible gear at speeds above 50-60 km/h.
  •  When your car is in speed, it is better to keep the windows closed and the air-conditioner on, open windows can affect the cars aerodynamic efficiency.
  •  Always try to park in the shade, as it will take less time to cool down the car once you start driving again.
  •    Switch off your vehicle if you need to stop for more than three minutes.
  •    Avoid clutch riding. i.e make sure that your foot is not resting on the clutch pedal while driving. This will reduce both your clutch life and your mileage.
  •    While cruising at high speeds, ease your foot off the accelerator pedal just enough to maintain the speed while not keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor. This will ensure that excess fuel is not being burnt unnecessarily.
  •    If you still find the petrol bills too high, you can switch to cheaper and cleaner fuels like the LPG/CNG. These will help you cut your fuel costs by 30-40 per cent. They also emit lower levels of polluting gases.
  •    If you still find the petrol bills too high, you can switch to cheaper and cleaner fuels like the LPG/CNG. These will help you cut your fuel costs by 30-40 per cent. They also emit lower levels of polluting gases.

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