Hyper-efficient engines and electric cars aside, fuel remains the number one ingredient that keeps vehicles going. But with fuel prices skyrocketing, it is becoming a concern among car owners. And so, companies should start equipping their HGV training courses with information on advanced aerodynamic kits to make journeys more fuel-efficient. Today, you will learn some unique techniques to save fuel and also save a few bucks along the way.
Master block changing
It’s a common practice to change your car’s gear progressively. You don’t skip gears because no one told you that you could do it. But you can. Many people skip gears unknowingly. They may go from second gear to fourth gear directly or from fifth to second without turning to the third and fourth gear. While many would say this is a mistake, it actually helps to save fuel than those who change gears linearly. Some would argue that this isn’t the right way to drive, but remember, the focus here is to save fuel. Most importantly, skipping gears don’t put pressure on your car’s engine. It reduces revs and, therefore, saves money on fuel. This system also lets you pay more attention to the steering wheel and less to the gearstick. Thus, you will have full focus on the road instead of fiddling with the gears.
Hit cruise control
Most of the latest cars come with a feature called in-built cruise control. It helps to keep your car at a constant speed. This feature has three-fold benefits. First of all, it reduces unnecessary revs, slows down acceleration, and reduces braking. In cars that don’t have cruise control, even the slightest push on the accelerator pedal uses a small amount of extra fuel. This amounts to a significant quantity for long-distance rides. And that’s why cars with cruise control are beneficial. They can save this extra fuel by controlling the acceleration at a constant speed.
Most drivers experience resistance while driving. The bigger the car, the more you encounter resistance. It happens when you are carrying heavy loads on long-distance road trips. The resistance from the gradients, rolling resistance, and air uses more fuel to carry your car forward. Although it’s a tough problem to combat, you can tweak a few things to reduce its impact. For example, choose less hilly routes. This reduces the gradient resistance. Secondly, you can invest in a set of low-rolling-resistance tires to combat the resistance yet keep the tire inflated all the time. These tires can save up to 6% fuel. Even a small drop in 10 psi will reduce the efficiency by 1%.
Don’t stand idle
Many drivers leave the engine idle for hours during winters so that the heater keeps working. Although this is a popular practice, it uses a lot of fuel. Every minute of keeping the engine idle means you are throwing your money down the drain. Many studies show startling results in fuel consumption due to idling engines. They clearly indicate that your HGV consumes tons of fuel every time you keep your engine idle. Always keep in mind that your engine consumes fuel as long as your car is on. Sometimes, it’s better to turn off the engine if you know you’re going to stand idle for a long time to save on fuel.