As the cost of driving seems to rise every day, drivers are looking to get the most out of every tank. While some use alternative modes of transportation, many people need their cars on a daily basis. For those in the driver’s seat, there are simple ways to increase fuel efficiency and save at the pump.
John and Helen Taylor can attest to that. The couple, who hold the Guinness world record for fuel efficiency, set the record in 2006 when they averaged 52.1 miles per gallon in a record-setting road trip around the world. By using Shell “FuelStretch” tips, they were able to stretch the boundaries of fuel efficiency in their standard model Volkswagen Golf FSI 1.6.
“With the cost of vehicle ownership and car care growing every year, we all want to be more fuel efficient,” says Mark Ferner, Shell fuels engineer and ASE-certified technician. “Using money-saving driving techniques and car care tips is an easy way to help get the most out of every gasoline purchase.”
>> Drive smoothly: Avoid heavy acceleration or braking. Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gasoline mileage by 5 per cent around town and by 33 per cent at highway speeds.
>> Replace dirty or clogged air filters: Replacing a dirty or clogged air filter can improve mileage by as much as 10 per cent.
>> Keep your engine well-tuned and repair any problems immediately.
>> Make sure tires are not over- or under-inflated: Keeping tires at the correct pressure can improve your gasoline mileage by more than 3 per cent.
>> Minimize vehicle drag: Keep your trunk and back seat clear of unnecessary items that only add weight. Removing excess weight can improve your gasoline mileage.
>> Use the recommended grade of oil in your engine: Following your manufacturer’s motor oil recommendation can improve gasoline mileage by up to 2 per cent.
>> Use cruise control on major roads and in free-flowing traffic.
>> Avoid idling: When you idle, you get zero miles per gallon.
Max out of every tank
As the cost of driving seems to rise every day, drivers are looking toget the most out of every tank. While some use alternative modes oftransportation, many people need their cars on a daily basis. For thosein the driver’s seat, there are simple ways to increase fuel efficiencyand save at the pump.