Any car can become more environmentally friendly
In the U.S., the prices of hybrids and electric cars are rising faster than other models. And it’s not surprising – during the crisis, when fuel prices are rising, motorists want to switch to more fuel-efficient models. Experts of Autoblog auto portal told how to make any car more economical without buying low-capacity, hybrid and electric models, without special devices and complicated instructions.
Drive less. Recognize that some, or maybe most, of our travel is not that necessary. The widespread acceptance by employers of the ability to work from home helps some of us on this issue.
Get organized. When you leave your home office to buy groceries and pick up the kids from school, try to complete as many tasks as possible in one trip.
Park the car. If you have more than one car in your fleet, park the car that uses more fuel and move to a more fuel-efficient option.
Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Check them at least once a month. Carry a portable device to check and inflate your tires.
Maintain your vehicle. Is your air filter clean? Your car uses much more air than gasoline.
Avoid prolonged warm-ups. When you start your car, don’t idle for too long unnecessarily. The time it takes to fasten your seat belt is enough time to warm up in warm weather.
After starting to drive
Avoid traffic jams. If possible, try not to drive during rush hours. If your car is equipped with a stop/start system, turn it on. And if you are stopped in traffic for more than a minute, turn off the engine.
Take your time. Press the gas pedal smoothly. Along with idling, the most fuel is wasted when you step on the gas pedal during acceleration. It’s Newton’s first law of motion – you’re overcoming inertia. Just observe your car’s real-time consumption readings and you’ll see how much fuel is wasted when accelerating.
Don’t stop if you don’t really need to. This is the flip side of inertia. Every time you brake, you waste kinetic energy, which you spent expensive gasoline to create. It’s always better to keep going. To accomplish this…
Look far out on the road. See how the traffic light ahead behaves across the intersection. Don’t rush from traffic light to traffic light. If you try hard enough, you can catch the “green wave” and not stop at all, but maintain one average speed all the way. Even if you have to crawl at a speed of 5 km / h, approaching a red light, you can not stop and thus save gasoline.
Watch the instantaneous fuel consumption. If your car is equipped with a momentary fuel consumption display, keep an eye on the gauge. It’s a great tool to teach yourself how to be a more frugal driver. It will show you which driving style is saving fuel and which is wasting fuel.
Be Smooth. In addition to saving fuel, a smooth driving style will save you money in other ways too – your brake pads and discs won’t need to be replaced as quickly, and your car will last longer due to less wear and tear.
You are a leaf in the wind.
Don’t carry unnecessary weight. Remove anything you don’t need from the trunk.
Remove the roof rack or anything extra that is on the outside of the car and creates drag.
Close the windows and sunroofs to reduce drag. Especially at high speeds.
Air conditioning is normal. Modern air conditioning systems don’t stress the engine as much as they used to. If you’re comfortable driving with the air conditioning off, every little bit helps. But if it’s necessary, don’t bother. Open windows waste more gasoline.
Reduce speed. At speeds above 100 km/h, drag increases dramatically, and fuel economy drops just as dramatically.
Take into account the terrain. Sometimes a straight route is not the best choice when it comes to climbing uphill. A longer route that goes around a hill can be more economical.
Consider the volume of traffic. Prefer routes with few cars that can slow you down or stop you.
Take into account the time and avoid peak traffic times and the delays they create.
Memorize your usual route. If you frequently drive on the same roads, learn where it’s best to accelerate, slow down, and minimize braking.
Avoid low temperatures. If you can change your travel time, don’t drive early in the morning when it’s colder outside. The cold reduces fuel economy. The engine runs less efficiently, and cold tires have more drag.
Clean out your garage. To avoid cold starts, put your car in the garage.
Avoid hot temperatures. If high gasoline prices continue through the summer, try to avoid hot times of the day to minimize heavy use of the air conditioner.