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How To Drive Economically

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How To Drive Economically

Driving economically is good for your pocket, good for the planet, and also increases your level of safety so why not do it right? The only reason not to do it is to not know how to do it, so the following quick guide is filled with small tips to help you drive further by burning less fuel. 

Drive Cleverly

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If you see something in the distance that is bound to stop you such as a traffic light or non-moving vehicles, try to gradually decelerate to a complete stop until you reach there. Most of the time, the obstacle will have moved and the red light will have become green by the time you reach this point. This saves you from having to accelerate from a complete stop which is a very fuel consuming procedure.

Turn Off The AC

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Sure, the air conditioning system helps you not to sweat excessively when inside the cockpit during a hot day, but it works by "lending" power from your car's engine, which in turn burns more fuel to cope with this additional load. If it really isn't that hot, turn the AC off. This leads us to the obvious alternative of...

Keep The Windows Up

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No, you shouldn't open your windows if you really want to drive economically, and especially if you are traveling at higher speeds. That is because the aerodynamic of your car becomes way worse, so the engine has to work harder to deal with this adverse factor. The faster you go, the more additional fuel you will burn just because of your rolled-down windows.

Avoid Cold Days

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If you absolutely don't have to drive during a very cold day, you should better avoid it and keep your precious fuel for a warmer day. While internal combustion engines are known to perform much better when operating on colder air, they do burn a lot of gas until they reach their normal operating temperature.

That is because the sensors combined with the ECU of the car will prepare a "rich" in fuel mixture for an extended period before the engine matches the normal temperature threshold and the mixture is set to normal. 

Remove Unnecessary Weight

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We often leave items inside our car's boot that we rarely ever need, which results in carrying an additional weight around with us that constantly makes our fuel consumption worse than it could be. Remove those Winter tire chains during the Summer, or those beach tennis rackets during the Winter. Of course, you should keep safety-related items such as the extinguisher no matter how much they weigh. 

Check Tires Pressure

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An under-inflated tire will diminish your car's fuel efficiency as there will be a larger tire area contacting the road, making it harder for the engine to accelerate the car. Always keep your tires inflated to the optimal air pressure. Additionally, you may use fuel efficient tires that feature better rolling resistance properties in the cost of handling. 

Following the above simple tips will help you keep the fuelconsumption under control, but still, the major determining factors remain your style of driving, your engine's consumption, and your car's aerodynamics. Especially for the last two, there is next to nothing that you can do to improve them.

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