10 ways to reduce fuel consumption and not to be deceived
The dollar is growing, and with it the price of gasoline. For the driver, this is a signal to look for ways to reduce fuel consumption. Abandoning a car is a dubious prospect. We collected the best advice and found out where the truth is and where the myth is.
We did not touch on the topic of diesel engines, since they are more economical by 20-30%. And to achieve even greater savings-from a number of fiction. There is also no talk about some mega clever models.
MYTH . They say that increased fuel consumption-the technical condition of the car. Therefore, car owners are advised to change the spark, and do it as often as possible. And moreover, the additional costs of servicing are justified.
True . Indeed, one of the possible problems of strong fuel consumption is spark plugs. However, if they are very dirty or worn. Here you can spend 20-40% more gasoline than you really need.
Exaggeration . Candles change not just in case, but according to their condition. For example, the need to replace them may appear after 2 thousand km. or not even appear after 60 thousand km. If you use high-quality gasoline, then the candles can be changed even after 100 thousand km.
Waiver of comfort
MYTH . Additional devices increase the engine speed, which means an excessive consumption of fuel is obtained. Therefore, the work heating of mirrors , air conditioner, navigator, rear view cameras increases consumption by 0.8 l/100 km And if all these structures work simultaneously, then for all 20%.
True . Yes, if additional devices are included, fuel consumption increases. But mirror heating is a matter of safe travel, so you should not give them up in order to save.
Exaggeration . Tests in the automotive field have repeatedly proved that the value of fuel consumption is significantly exaggerated by 15 and even 30%. The main reason for the increased consumption of gasoline-constantly working stove.
Riding from a hill
MYTH . Some drivers do not even doubt that if you go coasting down a hill, you can save fuel. The principle, in their opinion, is as follows: if at idle during warming up the car, the flow rate is not more than 0.6 l./100 km., Then the parameters will not change in motion.
True . If you have a car with an injector, then riding on a neutral will not lead to absolutely no savings. Even more, if you go down the runway from the slide, the flow rate is 0.5 liters./100 km., And on neutral 6 l./100 km. Why? And all this is due to the fact that during the coasting movement, the automatic idling mode is activated automatically and then the fuel supply stops.
Exaggeration . Where did this wrong statement come from? Indeed, it was possible to save on a neutral point once, during a car with a carburetor. Now it will be faster to create an emergency on the road than to save even 0.1 liters. For example, in the heat of the brakes can overheat and generally refuse.
MYTH . On auto forums, there is often a piece of advice-to get attached to a wagon and go. According to such "experts", fuel consumption is reduced by 20%. And even more so, you can not particularly strain at low speeds. And if you try to overtake a truck and increase speed, then this, on the contrary, leads to excessive fuel consumption.
True . Experiments have proven this opinion. You drive a wagon at a uniform speed, without sudden braking and acceleration. But savings can hardly reach 10%.
Exaggeration . This advice is especially effective on European roads, but it does not always work with us. Trucks often smoke heavily, and the driver of the car is limited to visibility. The issue of economy and comfort is obviously exaggerated.
MYTH . If you read the manual for the car, then you know that when driving with tires that do not have enough pressure, fuel consumption increases. But good advice has changed significantly and the opinion has emerged that if the tires are siphoned off, the fuel consumption will be lower by 10%.
True . It is necessary to check tire pressure regularly: with a low parameter, the wheel can shoot. And fuel consumption in such situations is indeed growing. The advertised fuel-efficient tires help reduce fuel consumption with a special tread pattern.
Exaggeration . If you exaggerate tire pressure, you will not be able to achieve fuel economy. On the contrary, maneuverability of a car worsens, and the protector wears out faster. Exaggerated and advertising slogans about the impact of special tires. Only on an ideal road can you achieve only 5% savings.
MYTH . Car owners are confident that if you use bad fuel, this will lead to increased gas mileage. Some even conduct experiments, refueling at different gas stations and recording consumption figures.
True . Modern cars are equipped with special sensors that check the quality of gasoline. With poor performance, the computer automatically increases the time for fuel injector injection. As a result, receives increased consumption. Usually it is no more than 15%.
Exaggeration . Refined gasoline will prevent premature deterioration of the fuel system, but will not improve gas mileage figures. And if you choose, for example, A-98 instead of A-95, then so, on the contrary, you can even harm the engine.
Effective ways to reduce fuel consumption
Only 3 steps will help you save a little more.
Change your driving style.
If instead of sudden braking and acceleration choose a smooth principle, you can significantly reduce the consumption of gasoline. For example, you see that in a second the red light of the traffic light will come on, start to slow down smoothly, instead of accelerating in the hope of rushing.
Share your expenses.
If you regularly bring up some of your friends or colleagues, suggest sharing fuel costs. Savings-50%.
Avoid traffic jams.
Long plugs increase consumption by 30%. If you go to work an hour earlier, you can significantly save time and money. If you need to get to the center at rush hour, leave the car in the parking lot and give preference to the metro.