The vehicles play a crucial role in the lives of many Spanish and at any time of the year; since they are perfect to go to the beach in the hottest months or to visit the mountains. Be that as it may, cars bring our destinations closer and make our day to day easier, since there are also many users who use the vehicle to go to their jobs every day.
However, using the vehicle regularly means that at the end of the month you have to face high fuel costs. For this reason, many drivers try to devise various strategies to reduce consumption and thus save money. However, some of these techniques can be dangerous for driving.
In this article we put together some tips to help you drive safely and efficiently and save money on fuel. To do this, the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) reminds us of driving habits that allow us to save money without taking unnecessary risks:
Use The Right Fuel
First of all, we must know the properties of the fuel recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Contrary to what some people think, using 98 octane gasoline and being able to use 95 octane gasoline in vehicles that admit the lowest octane is “wasting money,” according to the OCU. The 98 octane does not provide better performance or greater benefits, so, if the car supports it, it is cheaper to use the 95 octane, says the organization.
THE PRICES OF ALL GAS STATIONS ARE NOT THE SAME
The price of fuel varies depending on the gas stations. Even though the difference is only a few cents, on a whole deposit it can mean a few euros of savings. There are applications for mobile phones, which indicate in real time the cheapest gas stations near where you are, so it is advisable to check prices beforehand and not pour gasoline at a random gas station. If we get into the habit of going to the cheapest gas stations, we can save a significant amount of money over the months.
CHECK THE PRESSURE OF THE TIRES
From time to time or before starting a long trip, it is advisable to check the tire pressure of our vehicle and make sure that they are within the limits set by the manufacturer. If we drive with low pressure wheels, the BUycar’s consumption increases. Thus, if we do many kilometers with a lower pressure, in addition to running the risk of suffering an accident, we will be losing money.
MONITOR THE WEIGHT AND RAISE THE WINDOWS
As logic indicates, driving with a loaded and heavier car will increase fuel consumption. In addition, riding with roof racks or bike racks installed on the roof also has a negative effect. These devices, in addition to increasing the weight of the vehicle, damage the aerodynamics of the car, increasing consumption by more than 20% . Similarly, driving at approximately 80 kilometers per hour with the windows down also has a negative influence on fuel consumption.
TURN OFF THE ENGINE AT LONG STOPS
If we are going to be idle for a long time, it is preferable to stop the engine and then restart it . Normally, cars use between 0.5 and 1 liter of fuel per hour when they are stationary. If we follow this advice, over time we will be able to save a significant amount of money. In this sense, many modern cars come with a system called Start / Stop that turns off the engine when it is idling.
DRIVE SMOOTHLY AND AVOID BRUSH ACTIONS
When behind the wheel, try to drive smoothly, without sudden braking and acceleration. Try to bring the engine to low revs, without rushing the gearbox, something that will save fuel and prolong the health of the vehicle. Stay ahead of events, so if you foresee that you will have to brake for a traffic light or for any other situation that will force you to stop, stop accelerating in advance. The less you step on the gas, the more money you will save.
RESPECT SPEED LIMITS
This tip has several benefits. And it is that, respecting the speed limits will contribute to a lower consumption of the car, will allow us to drive more safely and also will avoid possible fines.
FORGET ABOUT MILAGRO PRODUCTS
There are different miracle techniques that practically never work. Magnets, additives and other strategies do not reduce the consumption of the vehicle. If it were something so simple, manufacturers would apply them as standard, since it would benefit them too, points out the OCU.
BUY A CAR IN RELATION TO THE POWER YOU NEED
When you are about to buy a used car in Kenya, pay some attention to its performance. A higher power usually implies a higher price of the car and a higher consumption.
Today there are green cars on the market that pollute and consume less, so they can be a good option.