Snapshot – You own a car and want to extract the best mileage but don’t want to drive like a grandma holding up traffic. If you can spare five minutes of your time, CarToq’s 5 easy-to-follow car mileage boosting tips will do the magic for you. Here we go…
Maintain Optimum Tyre Pressure
An under-inflated tyre means a mileage disaster for your car. Lower inflated tyres mean that your car’s engine has to work harder to move you and your car. Over and under inflated tyres also cause tyre woes and in the worst case, serious accidents. Stick to manufacturer recommended tyre pressure. When you load your car with more passengers, increase/decrease tyre pressure suitably.
Drive below the torque peak of your car’s engine
By shifting gears just below the torque peak of your engine and by ensuring that you keep the rpm below the torque peak means maximum mileage as the engine is at its most efficient in this zone. Torque peak refers to the rpm at which the maximum torque of an engine is generated. The torque peak arrives lower for diesel engines and higher for petrol engines. In any case, stick to engine speeds lower than the torque peak of your engine for maximum mileage.
Turn off your car’s engine at the stop light
Turning off your car’s engine at the stop light is another mileage boosting trick that requires very little driving skill. If you have about 10 minutes of traffic lights on your daily commute, you stand to save more than a couple of kilometers worth fuel. And while you’re at it, Mother Earth will thank you for being considerate and not spewing unnecessary fumes from your car’s tail pipe.
Turn off the air conditioner when not required
Many drivers keep their cars’ windows rolled up and air conditioners turned on, almost all the time. In most parts of sub-tropical India, turning off the air conditioners and rolling down the windows in early mornings and late evenings will reward you with a nice breeze and better fuel efficiency. Turning off the air conditioning of your small car alone will net you about 5-10 % better mileage.
Another driving technique that is very simple to follow in your everyday commute is coasting to a halt. Coasting means pressing the clutch of the car or putting the car into neutral while coming to a gentle stop. Instead of slamming the brakes at the stop light ahead or while stopping at your parking spot, coasting allows you to use your car’s momentum to come to a steady halt. Apart from improved mileage, coasting to a halt also makes for lower brake and tyre wear. Do not coast downhill as it can lead to loss in control.