Petrol price hikes have been a nightmare for all of us. Combined with inflation, it is becoming hard for an average Indian to survive.
So it is high time that we adopt measures to use less fuel, so that the impact of price rise is minimal. Following are some practices when followed would save fuel and hence money.
Switching vehicles off at traffic signals
Switching off your car engines at long traffic signals is a must, especially when stoppages are more than 60 sec. Calculations show that each vehicle owner can save over Rs 3,100 annually just by ensuring that his or her car is switched off at every red light that lasts for more than 14 seconds which would hold for, perhaps, all signals.
So at a signal- Switch-off, wait and go!
Check the tire pressure
Under-inflated tires are one of the most commonly ignored causes of crummy mileage. Tires lose air due to time (about 1 psi per month) and temperature (1 psi for every 10 degree drop); under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance, which means you need to burn more fuel to keep your car moving.
Check tire pressure every month. Free tire checking facility is available at almost every petrol pump in India.
Shutting off the A/C
Consider shutting off the air conditioner, opening the windows and enjoying the breeze. It may be a tad warmer, but at lower speeds you’ll save fuel.
That said, at higher speeds the A/C may be more efficient than the wind resistance from open windows.
It is said that at lower speeds vehicles with Air conditioners on consume 10% more fuel than normal.
If you’re planning for a new car, it’s time to re-evaluate how big a car you really need. Smaller cars are inherently more fuel-efficient, and today’s small cars are roomier than ever.
Small cars consume way less fuel, come at a cheaper cost and are easier to drive. With the Indian hatchback market hotting up, there are way more choices at attractive prices.
All these cars are feature rich. With European manufactures entering the market hatchbacks are a different class now.
So let go off the sedans & SUV’s… time for Hatchbacks!
Avoid driving as far as possible!
Now that’s a no-brainer isn’t it – But most of us forget it. We still take out our Cars / bikes for very short distances!
How about walking or cycling to market, and using the metro or bus to office. I know it’s a tough call for most us. But many of us can do this once in a while. You don’t pay for fuel when you are not using it at all. Walking or biking is good for your wallet and your health.
And before you get in your car, always ask yourself: "Is this trip really necessary?"
Any more tips you want to add?