In these times of rising fuel costs, it’s only natural to look for Fuel Saving Tips. While switching from driving to using public transport does help but is not feasible for everyone, especially for people living in areas with limited connectivity. Also, Public transport cannot replace your fleet of trucks or tractors. Therefore, it’s important to save fuel while driving to reduce overall costs in the long run. We have compiled some tips and tricks that can help save money if incorporated into everyday driving. These are as follows:
Breakdown of Fuel Saving Tips
1) Regular maintenance
We are so caught up in our everyday lives that we forget to get our vehicle(s) regularly serviced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. But it’s essential to service them regularly to get the optimum performance with maximum fuel economy. Keeping the tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations helps provide better road handling and keeps them cool, which results in better fuel economy. For vehicles working off road (like tractors) it’s just as important to adjust your tyre pressure to suit the terrain and work being carried out. Using high-quality lubricants not only protects your vehicle components but can also allow for extending the service intervals which further reduces overall costs.
2)Keeping a gentle right foot
Speed is the biggest fuel-guzzler, so it is essential to keep your right foot light and execute all accelerations gently to drive fuel-efficiently. There will always be times on a journey when you have to accelerate, but it doesn’t mean you have to pull away like you’re at a race track. Driving in the highest gear possible for your vehicle while keeping within the speed limit is the key to better fuel economy.
3) Mindful use of air conditioning
While air conditioning consumes more fuel, you can use it more thoughtfully to balance convenience with fuel economy. Open your windows for fresh air at low speeds and use an air conditioner at high speed because an open window at high-speed causes unnecessary drag that reduces fuel economy.
4) Use the momentum
Drive as smoothly as possible, gently using the steering, accelerator, and brakes. It is essential to stay in gear when braking since the fuel cutoff switch in a fuel-injected engine is automatically engaged, which means virtually no fuel is used. Making decisions ahead of time also helps you avoid any sudden braking or steering. For example, suppose you see a roundabout sign and start preparing in advance to change lanes. In that case, you can stay in gear and navigate smoothly compared to sudden and last-minute decisions.
5) Reduce unwanted weight
Eliminating unnecessary weight from your vehicle will reduce the overall weight and promote fuel mileage. Also, it would improve your road handling and braking allowing you to be safer on the road. For trucks, it can make a significant difference if unnecessary weights are avoided as it would not only lighten the overall weight but also make more room for important/desired items. Therefore, by driving or reminding your team to drive with these Fuel Saving Tips, you can gain some control over the fuel costs.
To learn how we helped improve the fuel economy of McArdle Skeath’s fleet using Total Energies fuel economy fully approved lubricants, please click here or call us at 01-4555484 to get expert recommendations for your vehicle(s).
TotalEnergies are among the very few oil companies that can offer a dedicated range of lubricants that not only improve the performance of the vehicle(s), but also reduce the environmental impact and running cost of the machine by reducing the fuel usage, whilst achieving optimum performance levels of the engine. The main savings can be made using the fuel economy engine oils but to maximise savings, it is advised to use fuel economy transmission/backend oil in conjunction. Please see the graph below to see the difference in fuel economy achieved by changing from 10W-40 engine oil to Total Energies Rubia TIR 9900 FE 5W-30. You can also visit our Fuel Economy Calculator to calculate your potential savings.