Petrol prices have soared in the past week and a half in Nigeria due to the fuel subsidy removal hassle. Everyone is now on the hunt for a hack that reduces their fuel consumption in vehicles, generators, and so on.
Here are some tips that we believe will help you improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency during these times:
Maintain steady speeds
Avoid rapid acceleration and heavy braking as they consume more fuel. Try to maintain a consistent speed by anticipating traffic conditions ahead.
If you anticipate being stopped for more than a minute, it’s better to turn off the engine. Idling consumes fuel unnecessarily and emits pollutants into the air.
Proper tire inflation
Ensure that your tires are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Underinflated tires can increase fuel consumption due to higher rolling resistance.
Reduce vehicle weight
Remove any unnecessary items from your/ vehicle, especially heavy ones. Extra weight requires more energy to move, resulting in increased fuel consumption.
Use air conditioning sparingly
Air conditioning puts an additional load on the engine, increasing fuel consumption. At lower speeds or in moderate weather, consider using the vehicle’s ventilation system instead.
Plan your trips efficiently
Combine multiple errands into one trip to minimize the distance traveled. This reduces cold starts, which are less fuel-efficient.
Follow the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle, including oil changes, air filter replacements, and spark plug inspections. A well-maintained vehicle operates more efficiently.
Use the recommended fuel grade
Use the fuel grade recommended by the manufacturer for your vehicle. Higher octane fuels are not necessarily better if they are not required.
Drive at a moderate speed
High speeds increase aerodynamic drag, leading to higher fuel consumption. Driving at a moderate speed, especially on the highway, can significantly improve fuel efficiency.
Consider alternative transportation options
When possible, opt for public transportation, carpooling, cycling, or walking. These alternatives can reduce your overall fuel consumption and contribute to a greener environment.
Remember that driving habits play a significant role in fuel efficiency. By adopting these tips and driving in a more fuel-conscious manner, you can effectively reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption.