20 Ways to improve fuel economy
20 Ways to improve fuel economy from Lubrication Solutions P/L
- Tyre pressure and correct tyre pattern
Check your tyre pressure regularly as under inflated tyres can cause extra load on vehicles, and incorrect pressure can wear tyres. Tyre pressures are listed on plate inside driver’s door or ask your tyre dealer for information.
- Cruise control
Avoid using cruise control for city driving or very hilly areas as this makes the vehicle work harder.
- Hill approach
Increase speed before climbing a hill rather than trying to accelerate harder while you are already on the incline.
- Regular engine checks
Modern vehicles now are computer controlled, so regular checks and replacement of spark plugs, oxygen sensors, air and fuel filters may be necessary to ensure better fuel efficiency.
- Drive smoothly
Avoid rapid acceleration and hard braking, as this uses more fuel.
- Lighten the load
Don’t carry unnecessary weight, if you don’t need to have your vehicle loaded up, then don’t. Extra weight needs extra power to move and this means more fuel is used.
- Use fuel and oil additives to give better lubrication and fuel burn
Since the removal of lead from petrol, sulphur from diesel and ZDDP from oil it is essential to add your own lubricants. Today’s nano fuel and oil additives (XSNano) provide the best protection and fuel efficiency possible and keep your engine and fuel system clean and lubricated, saving fuel.
- Ensure all braking systems are completely off when driving
Forgetting to take the hand brake off completely or resting your foot on the brake pedal will cause your vehicle to work under load and use more fuel.
- Wheel alignment and rotation
Having the wheel alignment checked and corrected can reduce wear on tyres and increase fuel economy. Signs of incorrect alignment are uneven wear on tyres, vibrations when driving and steering pulling to one side.
- Worn running gear
Worn shock absorbers, springs, tie rods or ball joints can cause excess fuel consumption and unsafe vehicle handling. Any symptoms of this should be checked by a mechanic.
- Avoid revving the engine
Unnecessary revving of the engine burns more fuel
- Multi plan events
When using the vehicle try to plan your trip by selecting targets in sequence or combining trips in one outing instead of making extra trips (getting groceries while you are collecting something else in the area for example)
- Choose the right fuel and octane
Choosing the right octane or cetane rated fuel is essential for most vehicles now. Incorrect octane will cause the engine to “Ping” so check your vehicles manual for engine needs. Higher octane means higher price. You could spend an extra 15 cents from low to high octane fuel. But new nano technology (XSNano) additive raises the octane and cetane levels, so you only need to buy low octane fuel when using XSNano. A further fuel saving.
- Use onboard fuel economy metre to learn your vehicles habits
Use your onboard fuel economy gauge or instrument to learn how your vehicle responds to different driving methods.
- Avoid long idling periods
Avoid long periods of idling. If stuck in traffic, turn the engine off until it is time to move again.
- Battery connections and belt adjustment
Loose or dirty battery terminals can cause the alternator to work harder to replace battery voltage. Clean terminal connections enable more voltage to flow into the battery and keep it charged, therefore the alternator isn’t require to run to recharge the battery.
- Loose drive belts
Loose drive belts prevent the alternator and air conditioner from operating properly, and cause both systems to run longer to achieve their objectives.
Avoid rough roads
Gravel roads and rough surfaces cause the vehicle to lose momentum and prevent the transfer of energy. Constant fluctuation of throttle and loss of momentum uses more fuel.
- Correct gear selection
Using the correct gear can reduce fuel consumption. Travelling in a higher gear uses less fuel than a lower gear as the motor revs less. But selecting a higher gear before momentum is achieved can use more fuel because the vehicle is now under load and using a high gear to climb hills also makes the engine work under load. Use the correct gear for the situation.
- Drive mode selection
Most vehicles have a drive mode selector now, usually something like “Sports”, “Standard” and “Economy” modes can be selected. Economy selection especially around town will reduce fuel consumption.
- Tyre selection
Off road tyres use more fuel than all terrain or highway tread, so choose the tyre that suits your needs.
New nano technology (XSNano) has been developed to improve the way fuel burns and provide the very best lubrication possible. This can improve fuel economy up to 28%, increase engine power and reduce carbon emissions. XSNano is now available in Australia and New Zealand online at www.FuelSaversClub.com or through your local distributor.
Not available in stores, super markets or petrol stations.