Save Fuel with these Tips
One of the main benefits of leasing a car is that your monthly payment includes more than just the vehicle, meaning that you can plan your budget more effectively. Fuel, however, is not included. An important consideration before leasing a car is fuel efficiency. At Pace Fleet Services, we have a range of low mileage vehicles on our fleet, offering very good fuel economy. Here are some tips on how to further save fuel, thereby saving you a lot more money each month.
An effective way to save fuel each month is to drive smoothly. Harsh braking and heavy acceleration use much more fuel. It is good practice to stick to the speed limit and to use a light application on the throttle and brake pedals. Harsh driving can use up to 20% more fuel as compared to sticking to the speed limit and being gentle on braking and accelerating.
Maintain Your Vehicle
You can save fuel by ensuring that your vehicle is properly maintained and serviced. Our workshop is able to assist with a wide range of vehicle services so as to ensure that your car is performing as it should.
Check Tyre Pressure
Under-inflated tyres do not only negatively impact your car handling, but also mean that your fuel consumption increases. It is very important to have your tyres at the correct pressures as per your manufacturer’s guidelines. Over-inflating your tyres can cause your tyres to wear out prematurely.
Use Cruise Control
If you are driving on a flat road surface, you should engage your car’s cruise control so that you maintain a constant speed. Sudden changes to your speed also affect your fuel economy, so driving at a steady speed means that you save fuel. When driving on an incline or on a very bumpy surface, it is better to turn the cruise control off.
Using Your Aircon
Do not use your car’s aircon unless it is absolutely necessary. Your aircon draws its power from the engine, which leads to more fuel being used.
Avoid Unnecessary Idling
It is important to let your engine run for a minute before setting off, especially in the wintertime. In order to save fuel, you should not let the engine idle excessively. When the vehicle is parked, you should turn the engine off. Idling with your car’s aircon on can also consume more fuel.
Overloading and Roof Cargo
The heavier the load your vehicle is carrying, the more fuel would be required to move the car along. It is important to not overload your vehicle beyond its capacity, and also to ensure that you have not loaded more cargo than is absolutely necessary. Also, having cargo on the roof can negatively affect your car’s aerodynamic efficiency by causing drag, meaning that you will be consuming more fuel.
Combine Your Trips
Rather than take too many short trips, you can save fuel by planning one trip for everything. Constantly stopping and starting your car after each trip uses more fuel. Also, your engine takes longer to get up to temperature after standing for too long. Taking one trip means that your engine will not cool down too much, which in turn leads to better performance.
Whether you have a car and are looking to better your fuel economy or are starting out on your car lease journey, we are here to help. You can click here to find out more about out our workshop services. If you are looking to lease a car rather, view our latest pricing today. For leasing enquiries, please contact:
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