Hypermiling: Easy Ways You Can Improve Your Fuel Economy

Whilst fuel prices have lowered somewhat, they still remain well above historic levels. Here’s a few hypermiling tips to improve your fuel economy…

Don’t Idle

Engine idling consists of leaving your car’s engine running when it doesn’t need to be; such as when you’re parked up or stationary for an extended period. It’s a disaster for local air-quality, especially in built-up, urban areas. From a hypermiling perspective, it’s just a complete waste of fuel. If you’re going to be sat idle in your car for more than ten seconds, turn your engine off.

Reduce Weight

The heavier your vehicle is, the more energy will be required to get it moving. When it comes to hypermiling, then, it makes sense to keep things as light as possible. Remove anything that doesn’t need to be in your vehicle, especially tools, sports equipment, bike racks and roof boxes.

Check your Tyres

The condition of your car’s tyres will have a big impact on fuel economy. If they possess the wrong air pressures, don’t have enough tread or are damaged more energy will be spent in rotating them. Regularly inspect yours for signs of damage, and keep on top of any maintenance.

Avoid Air Conditioning

Air conditioning can be a real life-saver during extreme weather, but it’s extremely draining when it comes to energy. If your priority is conserving fuel, try to avoid using it unless you absolutely have to. When driving at lower speeds, opening your windows is a more economical option; just raise them when you’re at speed, or face serious air resistance.

Keep things Smooth

How you drive has an enormous impact on the amount of fuel your vehicle will get through. As a general rule, the smoother you drive, the less fuel you’ll burn through. Try to avoid late braking, harsh acceleration and excessive speed.

Slow Down

Did you know that driving at 50mph instead of 70mph can improve fuel economy by 25%? In addition, driving at 80mph will use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph. In which case, you should never exceed speed limits and should drive at a steady pace. Speed limits are guides, after all, not goals; driving at 55mph, on a 60mph limit, is usually perfectly acceptable. Use your judgement.

Driving On Rural Roads: What You Need To Know – https://autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/driving-on-rural-roads-what-you-need-to-know/

Why Do Electric Vehicles Need Special Tyres? – https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/why-do-electric-vehicles-need-special-tyres/

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