For your next holiday or simply for the whole year, you’ve already asked yourself how you can reduce fuel consumption while making the most of your car and at the same time reduce CO2 emissions. Indeed, it is possible to save fuel without changing your daily shopping. In this article, we give you the tips and tricks to do so.
Optimising or anticipating your journeys
Take into account the different journeys you make every day. It’s a great way to give you the unprecedented privilege of saving fuel with a clear mind. You take these roads and highways on a daily basis, so take the time to spot roundabouts, traffic lights, intersections, etc. In a word, the idea is to record all the situations that allow you to anticipate what you’re going to do when you drive. In fact, releasing the accelerator as much as possible on the same trip can cut the amount of fuel needed for the road in half. And for occasional journeys such as those you take on holiday, it’s best to avoid taking a route that’s expected to be congested. That’s right! In heavy traffic jams, braking, turning off and then restarting the engine regularly can result in a very large loss of energy. In short, anticipating or optimising your journeys is a perfect way to reduce your fuel consumption to a minimum on a daily basis, during holidays, etc.
Save fuel by checking the condition of your tires
You are no longer unaware that more than 15% of your car’s total fuel consumption goes to the tires. Please make sure that your tires are inflated and in very good condition. In other words, it is best to check your tyre pressure at least once a month. To do this, simply refer to the ideal tyre pressure indicated in the fuel filler flap and then increase it to 0.3 bar more in order to make up for the loss of pressure during post-inflation. Note that an under-inflated tire can increase fuel consumption by up to 5%. Apart from this, you are also advised to regularly check the state of wear of your tyres. In fact, the more worn they are, the more fuel your car consumes.
Drive smoothly and flexibly
You don’t like to drive too much? You often get into small accidents on the road that you don’t understand. Now you know that saving fuel also means mastering the art of driving. In this respect, the idea is usually to drive in a way that is both smooth and fluid. For example, you can start by respecting the speed limit or simply reduce the speed of your car by 20 km/h, which can save you up to 20% of the total fuel consumption. In addition, instead of braking regularly, get into the habit of shifting to a lower gear. In fact, every time you downshift, your vehicle consumes zero fuel. In a nutshell, driving smoothly and fluidly is an unbeatable trick when it comes to fuel and energy efficiency.