The topic is too common to write even tips. Forget about writing an article about it.
But, rather than sharing some very common tips, I will try to share and give some new tips on the topic.
- Don’t fill the fuel in your vehicle (unless extremely necessary) in bright sunlight or in very hot sun – As far as “Hot” day goes, fuel can expand and you may get a fraction less fuel. Though the quantity which will be affected by the expansion won’t be much and won’t make much of a difference, try to fill up the fuel close to Sunrise or Sunset. Best would be night or very early morning. When you are filling up, you are bringing up “Hot” fuel that is stored in a large tank underground. The temperature of the fuel in the vehicle tank on “Hot” days is also more which will cause the fuel in the vehicle tank also to expand. In modern cars though this expansion is captured in the tank, there could be a potential damage to the evaporation control systems. The result could be a check engine light and an expensive repair to get it turned off. Also, never make the vehicle tank “FULL”. Now it depends upon what you mean by a full tank. It’s full when the first click of the nozzle shuts it off for you. Don’t just go on filling it as you feel there is more space in the tank. It’s a pressurised system that is temperature dependent to some extent and does the adjustment for you. Just stop filling there, put the cap on, pay your bill and drive on. The tank is “full”. Everything changes volume when temperature changes. Don’t over think.
- Just pay half the actual cost for making the vehicle “FULL” tank (as per point 1 above), again and again – What I mean by this is very interesting and is especially for those who have a monthly budget on vehicle fuel (and for others too). “Make your vehicle tank full by paying full amount only once in a life time and you will never have to make full payment again to make the tank full.” Confused? I will explain – Say you pay Rs. 3000/- to make your vehicle full tank. Now whenever the tank comes to half the capacity, fill it up again to make it full tank. When you do this way the tank is full for just Rs. 1500/-. Keep on doing this again and again. Whenever the fuel level shows half tank, just make it full. Now you are always making the vehicle full tank at just half the price. This trick is a great one. One more advantage of this trick is, in case of an emergency your vehicle always has more than half the tank fuel in it. Though now a days Fuel Stations are common and you get fuel at odd hrs too, this trick is very useful where Fuel Stations are rare. Also, whenever you full tank your vehicle for just half the actual price you get a “feel good” sensation. Keep on doing this again and again and enjoy!!
Above two tips are fairly new and I bet very few people know them.
- Don’t be idle – Modern cars don’t really need much time to warm up. It just wastes fuel, if you are waiting for someone or being stationary in traffic for more than 30 seconds. You better turn the engine off, assuming it is safe to do so. Also Fuel injectors shut off after a few seconds of actual running of vehicle and use the vehicle speed to rotate the engine and keep the vehicle moving. So if you shift to neutral, and wait for some time, say for more than 30 sec, fuel will be wasted to keep the engine idling.
- Physics – If you’ve learnt physics, you may likely understand many things involved with driving. If you haven’t ever learnt physics, still no problem. This is day to day physics and is immensely important in regards to driving a car. Tyre traction in different elements, engine providing acceleration or deceleration, all the moving parts, steering, braking, potential and kinetic energy etc. Our vehicles are truly amazing with all the physics they demonstrate on a daily basis. The more you know the better off your odds of attaining the best mileage out of your vehicle.
- Be smart on road, try to avoid stops – Drive according to the signals. At almost every single signal that turns red on approach, you will notice other drivers just keep on going and going towards the light and then finally hitting the brakes hard at the end to stop. This shows more than anything how simple minded and unintelligent, humans generally are!! Whenever you see the signal changing to red, you must immediately release the accelerator paddle first, no matter at what distance you are from the signal. If you will slow down enough even with out breaking, you won’t even have to stop (in smaller towns) and your vehicle will still be rolling when the signal changes to green. Better to look well ahead and increase the gap between you and the vehicles ahead of you so that you have the time to emerge without stopping when signal changes to green. When you start driving this way you will be the smartest driver on the road. This, in other words, is trying to avoid the stops as far as possible.
- Go reverse in to the parking space – Going into a parking space forward might be faster and easier. So you might use less fuel, than reversing in to the parking. However, is it faster to reverse out of the parking space? No!! Rather you have to reverse very carefully. And if you are in a hurry and if you have to reverse out? Then it’s even more risky. In addition to that you’ll be using more fuel reversing out as the engine will be cold(er). As a bonus of reversing into the parking, you’re far less likely to hit someone or something if you reverse into a parking space. In addition, this gives you a better & safer view when pulling out of the parking space. Also it’s easier on the transmission to go into forward gear when fluids are cold rather than spinning in reverse gear when the transmission is at its coldest.
Have a safe and an economical driving experience…65