Updated: 10/04/2012

With rising fuel prices, monthly running costs of cars are becoming difficult to manage. We have no control over the increasing price of fuel, but it is time we started adopting some driving and car maintenance practices.

Follow the tips below, and you will save a minimum of Rs 2,000 a month, if you are driving around 1,000 km every month. Let’s assume you are driving 1,000 km every month and you have a petrol car that gives a mileage of 13 kmpl (with AC on) in the city. Many hatchbacks, premium or otherwise, are likely to have this real-world mileage, or in the range of 20% higher or lower than this figure (11kmpl-15.5 kmpl).



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Photo: Following these simple tips will help you save over Rs.2,000 every month!

With these average assumptions, your monthly petrol bill (if you are in Delhi) will be Rs 5,049 taking Rs. 65.64 as the petrol price per litre. If you are in other cities such as Bombay, Bangalore or Chennai, you will be paying 10-15% more. Take a look at how much money you can save on fuel and how.


Now that norms make it mandatory for every carmaker to get their mileage claims tested and certified by ARAI, it is quite possible for you to also achieve the figures endorsed by the agency, as these are done simulating real world conditions. Following the tips in this article could actually see you sometimes even bettering the claimed mileage, especially in the case of diesel vehicles, that are inherently more fuel efficient

Follow smart driving practices: Saving Rs 1,000 every month

While driving, if you avoid excess idling, smartly use the AC, avoid unnecessary gear shifts, switch off engine at traffic signals, avoid peak hours and drive at optimum speed, you can save up to 20% of fuel, or in this case, Rs. 1,009.80. Also read: Tips to help increase battery life of your car battery

Use good additives: Save Rs 1,000 every month

Using fuel-injector cleaning additive (companies such as STP, Valvoline, Wurth all have good additives) once every four full tanks will keep the engine clean and help save up to 20% of fuel or Rs. 1,009.80.

Clean air filter: Save Rs 504 every month

Cleaning air filter once a month will save fuel by up to 10% and for the above mentioned case, you can save Rs. 504.90.

Tyre pressure: Save Rs. 1009 every month

By maintaining the tyre pressure as recommended by OEM or by keeping 1-2 psi above it you reduce rolling resistance and hence save 20% of fuel, i.e. Rs. 1,009.80.

Fill-up fuel early morning: Save Rs 250 every month

If you fill your car’s tank with fuel on early mornings, you get denser fuel with more molecules to burn. This can also improve the mileage by another 5% and save Rs. 252.45.

Smart driving on highway: Save Rs 250 every month

If you don’t carry luggage over your car’s roof and not open windows during highway driving, the wind resistance will be low and hence, can save up to 5 per cent of fuel which is equivalent to saving Rs. 252.45.

Remove unwanted weight: Save Rs 100 every month

Check your car’s interiors and remove excess weight such as unwanted items in the boot, uninstalling heavy bull bars and installing light weight alloys (if your budget permits). This can extend your car’s mileage by another 2% and save Rs. 100.98.

In summary

By following the above tips, you can save up to 40% in your monthly fuel costs, or Rs 2,000 a month. And these are simple things to adopt. It’s just that most of us we haven’t really paid much attention to it so far.  The cost of ignoring these tips is way too high now. Do you have any other additional tips to share?

*Figures mentioned are estimates and may vary


  1. I always follow these rules.. and the result is that I can get mileage upto 21KM/Ltr of Petrol some times…..on my HONDA CITY i-VTEC…..

  2. well dnt purchase ant vehicle u will save a lot of money for your bright and better future…………as fuel prices r hikihing vehciles r nt affordable also cng/lpg prices may hike……vehicle maintance, parking charges, toll nakas, traffic, pollution……..lots of money u can save if u will not purchase any vehicles…..

  3. Switch off the AC button when the car is cool enough. This applies to cars without climate control. If the car is equipped with automatic climate control, set the car to optimum temperatures to prevent the compressor from running for a long time

  4. Smartly use the AC means we should avoid keeping AC ON on signals,you can also keep AC power at min here… lower rpm lower AC…at higher rpm it doesn’t matter

  5. Even Better, Keep the Damn Rickshaws off the road, No congestion, No road rage, No frustrated Drivers, No Bottle necks, even the BEST drivers are very calm and better fuel average, I realised our problem really is Very High percentage of Idiots on the Street, and not an inadequate road infrastructure.

  6. I try to switch off engine when stopping at a light or when not in use for more than 1 min. I try to avoid minimum use of AC. This can also help in saving some amount of fuel.

  7. Abhi Jeet Yes… DEAR Abhi… Its100% True FACT!!!

    I inform the Same Fact to My HONDA CITY Dealer…he also shocked….

    Alsofrom My HONDA CITY , i got average of 19Km/Ltr for 750 Km of Run from PUNE to NAGPUR in HOT weather of MAY 2010.

    But it can happen only if you

    (1)put soft pressure on Accelerator.. pressurize the accelerator only when needed…,,

    (3) Drive your car on higher GEAR

  8. a fuel and money consuming honda is a myth!!! my city needs a servicing after 10000 kms and it cost less than my santro!!! and its a fact!!

  9. same experience here…

    My Honda City 2010 is more efficient than my Hyundai I10 (1.2 kappa) 2009…

    From i10 i can get max. 17 km/ltr (with WIDER TYRE set)..

    Its all depends upon the Engine’s Power to Weight Ratio, Tyres, Gear ratio, Aerodynamics, Suspensions etc. etc.

  10. @Abhi Jeet,@Amruth Ganesh,@Ajay Srinivas Raghavan…

    Did YOU ever have a chance to drive HONDA CITY i-vetec (NEW model)??

    Dont confuse between Honda CITY and Honda CIVIC…

    ARAI approved CITY for 16.6 Km/ltr

    and CIVIC for 11.2 KM/Ltr.

    And for your KIND INFORMATION, i will soon upload the Photo of my HONDA City’s Digital meter showing more than 20km/l. average..

  11. Carpool: if more than one persons daily travelling from same way than instead of using separate vehicle use one

  12. Hey… for bike owners… use better engine oils… timely change the oils and use high performance oils… they improve performance and better accelaration…. Maitain an optimum speed always while riding, for eg: for FZ or Fazer, you get 40+ only if u control and ride at speeds of 45 and 50…. 60 and above dips the efficiency….

  13. And better, dont use performance kits and filters… they can drink the petrol sometimes that when you sometimes hit above 90 or above, the efficiency might be way below 20 sometimes… :P :P

  14. 29.3 kmpl on highway for my new Dzire VDi & 25.7 kmpl in city driving… following all the tips for fuel efficiency. Never drive above 80kmph. :)

  15. I am getting 20.8 kmpl in my Dzire petrol, in city conditions i get around 19.5 kmpl with AC always on. I try to drive at constant speeds besides following some hyper-mileage tips.

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