In the days of ever-rising fuel prices, the fuel bills are digging deep into the pockets of a common man. Maybe you’ve heard that you get more mileage when you fill your tank in the morning? There was even a rumor that your car will go faster if you put jet fuel in it – sounds exciting, but is it true? Colin Harding is a senior engineer with the Ford team. Harding and his team are experts in everything related to mileage. Here, Harding debunks five of the most common myths associated with how to increase car mileage. Later in this story, we will also share some tips on how to increase car average fuel economy. So read on.
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How to Increase Car Mileage – Myths
#Myth 1 – Filling your tank in the morning gets you more mileage
Good try, but no. The theory behind this myth is that petrol expands with heat – which is true – so if it’s cooler, you can fit more of it into your tank. But the fact is fuel is stored in tanks below ground where the rising temperature of the day plays no part in the density of the petrol, so fill up whenever you wish.
#Myth 2 – Letting your fuel run low is bad for your engine
Nope. The common misconception here is that if you drive on ‘the fumes’ your engine will begin to ingest ‘rubbish’ or sediment-littered fuel from the bottom of the tank. But the fuel tank is designed so that the fuel pickup always sips from the bottom of the tank, meaning it is always able to draw fuel. Contrary to popular belief, when you’re running low the quality of the fuel being used by the engine is no different to when the tank is full.”
#Myth 3 – Premium fuel makes your non-premium car run better
False. When we pull up to the pump, there are more options than ever; words like power and premium, and enough different oils and lubricants to drive anyone mad. And while it may be more expensive, it isn’t any cleaner or purer than regular fuel. “While it is less combustible, which benefits powerful performance engines, it won’t benefit the vehicles of most daily drivers as all types of fuel have to meet the same standards.”
#Myth 4 – You Car’s mileage range readings are wrong
Unlikely: while the fuel gauge tells drivers exactly how much fuel is in the tank, range readings are calculated based on longer-term driving patterns. It’s not always clear where myths come from, how they catch on, or why misconceptions can sometimes become the perceived rule. But now you know that following these myths would not get you to save fuel, but the tips below surely can.
How to Increase Car Mileage – Tips
#Tip 1 – Keep your engine tuned
Fixing a vehicle that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve fuel economy by an average of four percent. But here’s the real bonus: Replacing a malfunctioning oxygen sensor can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent.
#Tip 2 – Keep your tires properly inflated
Properly inflated tires are safer, handle better, last longer, and get better fuel economy. The operating vehicle tire inflation pressure can be found on a certification label, usually located on the driver’s door, a door pillar or the glove box. Just be careful not to exceed the operating tire pressure either, because overinflating tires reduces their performance in terms of traction and lifespan.
#Tip 3 – Follow Car Service Schedule and Use the recommended grade of motor oil
Following the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals and grade of motor oil (as specified in your car’s Owner’s Guide) will keep your engine working as efficiently as possible. Using the wrong grade of oil or delaying the car service can drop fuel economy by up to two percent.
#Tip 4 – Do not accelerate too hard
Too quick acceleration consumes too much fuel, accelerate slowly and gradually. That will save quite a significant amount of fuel in city driving.
#Tip 5 – Do not use clutch too much
If you use a manual transmission car, as is mostly used by people in India, do not drive with the clutch pressed, or simply speaking, use clutch only when required. Too much unnecessary usage of the clutch will waste a lot of fuel.
#Tip 6 – Change gears appropriately
This is also applicable for manual transmission cars. Use correct gears at correct speeds, this will help save the fuel. For correct speeds to optimize fuel mileage, see your car’s user manual.
#Tip 7 – Try to keep a constant speed
When driving in a city or highway, try to maintain a constant speed, that will help the engine put less effort to accelerate or decelerate unnecessarily. This will help reduce fuel consumption.
#Tip 8 – Keep the Windows rolled up at high speeds
Driving with AC on and glasses rolled up will actually help the car move easy because when windows are open, the car faces more air-drag due to cross ventilation through car, thus consuming more fuel. So always try to keep windows rolled up especially when driving at high speeds.
#Tip 9 – Don’t carry unnecessary luggage
Remove any unnecessary luggage or stuff that you don’t need in your car. This will reduce the weight and hence, save some fuel. Save fuel, burn it less, save economy and environment both, for a greener and cleaner tomorrow.
So, what do you think on this story on myths and tips on how to increase car mileage? Do you plan to use these to increase you car average? Share your views on our post on how to increase car mileage by penning them down in the comments section below.
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