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7 tips to get better mileage from your car

By Finserv MARKETS - Aug 21,2019
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Improve car’s mileage

In the words of renowned American politician, Major Owens, “High gas prices are eating away at consumer’s disposal income and could lead to a further economic downturn, especially for those whose livelihood depend on gasoline and diesel fuel”.

There is clearly one thing about vehicle ownership that frustrates most folks – the constantly changing price of petrol. Regrettably, the prices of petrol fluctuate more frequently than the ebbing of the tides. Domestic fuel prices witnessed an upward movement during the first three months of 2019. In Delhi, petrol prices rose significantly over Rs.4 per litre since January 1, 2019.

7 tips to get better mileage from your car
Rising fuel costs are a cause of worry for most car owners in India. In this context, is it important for car users to know how to increase car mileage?

Einstein’s equation, E = mc2, is constantly at work especially when you drive your car. As the engine burns gasoline to produce energy in the form of motion, it does so by converting some of the gasoline’s mass into energy which is in accordance with Albert Einstein’s formula4. Any increase in the engine work load results in an increase in fuel consumption, thus, lowering gas mileage. Fuel economy is about the right driving practices as well as a basic understanding of how certain physical principles affect the work of a car engine. If there’s one thing we do well in this country, it is to drive economically. However, in our attempts to constantly save fuel, some of us even end up damaging our cars in the long run, since we adopt incorrect driving habits to save that precious last buck. It becomes important to safeguard your car with an insurance policy. Choose a motor insurance policy with extensive benefits that include coverage for damages caused to your vehicle due to natural calamities, man-made disasters etc. Repairing your car can be an expensive affair without motor insurance policies to fall back on.

Do you want to increase your gas economy and obtain better fuel mileage?

Follow these seven tips and your car would be a lot easier on your pocket than it is today 

  • Service your car regularly:

Your car is a precious machine and hence, requires constant upkeep. Air filters, fuel filters and oil filters make a big difference in ensuring the engine runs at peak mechanical efficiency, which in turn ensures good fuel mileage. It also helps to make sure your spark plugs are clean and without a layer of soot on them.

  • Use the gears correctly:

Real life is neither based on the ‘Fast and Furious’ movie, nor are you Vin Diesel chasing down some bad guys shooting at you. Thus, you don’t need to change the gear every 3 seconds. Being in the right gear at the right RPM (Revolutions per Minute) is important, especially if you are in a high traffic area.

  • Keep your car light, without unnecessary weight:

The heavier a car is, the more fuel it uses. You don’t have to be a genius to know that weight is the worst enemy when it comes to fuel mileage. So get rid of any accumulated junk or unnecessary luggage, such as spare parts and accessories, from the boot of your car. Apart from saving fuel, your car will become more spacious.

  • Avoid long/prolonged idles:

Did you know that running your engine idle actually consumes roughly between 2 to 4 litres of fuel every few hours, not to mention the carbon dioxide that your engine pumps into the atmosphere? Idling is indeed the devil’s workshop as it burns the car’s fuel without taking you anywhere.

  • Slow down and keep it smooth:

We all have this tendency to live our wildest fantasies of becoming a Formula 1 racer. Regrettably, this is not good for fuel economy. The reason is quite simple; the faster you go, the greater the drag that your car will have to work against. So go easy on the pedal. Rough speedy acceleration and sudden brakes might be more fun on the road but harm your vehicle’s fuel efficiency by burning more fuel. Reckless driving can cost you a lot – from simple scratches that require a coat of paint, to replacement of windscreen – all such incidents can be covered under car insurance. Having motor insurance in place is important as it helps you deal with such cases thereby saving your hard-earned money, in addition to giving you access to a network of garages covered under your policy.

  • Maintain correct tyre pressure and choose the right tyres:

Maintaining the recommended tyre pressure can boost your car’s mileage. Moreover, try and install tyres with lower rolling resistance that minimize wasted energy. If you have installed alloy wheels with low-profile tyres, try and switch back to the regular tyres for your long trips if you want to save fuel. The high-performance tyres, while providing higher levels of grip and handling, also have higher rolling resistance, which would be detrimental to the car’s fuel economy.

  • Use recommended fuels and lubricants:

Using the correct grade of engine oil is as important as getting your car serviced timely. The viscosity or the type of engine oil has a direct relation with mileage that the engine delivers. To make sure your car performs efficiently, only use the manufacturer-recommended engine oil.

Regardless of what car you drive, you can always use a little extra money at the end of the month. Cutting back your gas expenses is a great way to pad your bank account. A car that doesn’t run at its optimum performance level could cost you a lot in the long run. Nowadays, it is not just about what you drive, what matters is how you drive it.

Mr. Yatin Patel aptly said, “Technology fuels economy, unfortunately in today’s world it’s the fuel that drags economy”. However, all is not lost as there are things you could do to get better mileage from your car.

What are you waiting for? Motor insurance, available on Bajaj Finserv MARKETS, would give you various benefits such as ease of payments, easy application and convenience with just one click. Know more about easy and reliable motor insurance policies by visiting the Bajaj Finserv MARKETS website in order to protect yourself from any financial contingency arising due to accidents. Car insurance policies, available on Bajaj Finserv MARKETS, would also give you comprehensive coverage and a range of add-ons for enhanced financial protection.

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