We always buy a car looking at the ARAI claimed mileage of any new vehicle. But the problem is, we are never able to achieve fuel efficiency close to the figure. Find out below how to increase your Car Mileage.
This is one of the most overlooked factors in a car. People simply don’t pay enough importance to this parameter of the car before starting a trip. Owners need to remember that their car has only four points of contact with the ground and all of them are through the tires. If your tire pressure is low, the engine has to work harder to pull the car, ultimately leading to more fuel consumption. Too much air pressure is also an issue for handling and driving experience. There is always a tire pressure sticker in your car which mentions the optimum and best tire pressure. You should only follow this. This factor plays a major role in increasing your mileage.
Accelerator and Brake
Sudden acceleration and braking always bring down the fuel efficiency of the car. It is always suggested to accelerate and brake in a linear fashion. Only in time of an emergency, should sudden inputs be made. The constant revving of the engine also increases fuel consumption and decreases fuel efficiency. If fuel efficiency is your main aim, never push the car to its limits.
Revving the engine
You should always focus on changing the gears at the correct rpm. For cars that do not have rpm meter, engine noise can be a good indication for rpm. For cars with rpm meter, always keep it below the red-line in the rpm-meter. You should never let the engine come below 900rpm.
Also, you can ideally change the gears in the 2200-2300rpm range depending on ur car. Highway speeds of about 90km/hr. are ideal. You should also try to go the top the gear as quickly as possible with the correct rpm. Cruise controls in modern cars also maintain fuel efficiency. More about how to increase your Car Mileage below.
People in India feel that AC always decreases fuel efficiency regardless of the situation. But this is where people are wrong. In many situations, running your AC at a slow speed returns better fuel efficiency compared to avoiding AC all-together. In bumper to bumper and city traffic, keeping the AC off is your best bet to keep the fuel efficiency high. Cruising at a highway requires you to keep your windows down to decrease drag and use AC at a low speed to get the best fuel mileage. Not using AC in the highway will lead the engine to work harder to pull the car, ultimately leading to mileage loss.
Car Service and Maintenance
A machine can only perform its best when it is properly maintained and regularly serviced. You should regularly get your oil levels and other components checked to keep the vehicle’s health up. Performance of the car is also highly affected by irregular and cheap maintenance. You should always follow the company’s recommended time interval for service.
Any type of premium fuel does not lead to better fuel efficiency in the real-world. If the premium fuel comes with cleansers, it may increase the life expectancy of your engine. You should always fill fuel from a trusted/known source. Also changing fuel stations regularly is a great idea to compare different fuel stations and fuel quality.
City fuel stations should also be preferred upon Highway fuel stations. You should also avoid full tank fuel while driving in the city. The extra fuel leads to added weight.