You will agree with me that the present economy is very unfavorable for all. the hike in prices of commodities has drastically made some of us opt for better alternatives.
I see car owners going by public vehicles this days because they cannot afford to maintain their cars.
The price of petrol in Nigeria has sky rocketed in the last few years. From #65 to #87 then to #97 then finally to #145. This was mainly because of the fall in general oil prices round the world and of course, the removal of fuel subsidiary. At the end of the day, It is a huge accumulated cost when running a car. Today i have brought you very powerful tip that can help you manage your car in this present economy state of the country.
TIP 1 : Make fewer trips
Did you know that when you drive a car that has been parked for a few hours, the engine is cold and it uses much more fuel for the first five miles or so? Plan to do a number of errands in one trip rather than several trips and save both time and fuel. Try not to go out separately to do the supermarket or to buy a newspaper. Try to avoid short vehicle trips by walking. This will save fuel as well as give you healthy exercise.
TIP 2 : Don’t drive in the rush hour
There are few worse places to spend your time than stuck in a traffic jam, but it’s also a very expensive way of travelling. Every time that you stop and start in traffic, your car needs first gear and a huge amount of fuel to get moving again. Second gear is not much better. The best solution is to not travel during the rush hour.
You can also save some fuel by trying to understand what the traffic is doing in front of you, and travelling steadily at a slow speed, rather than accelerating and braking. Avoid travelling during peak-hours This avoids unnecessary acceleration and frequent repetitive braking that ends up wasting fuel. It’s also far safer. Don’t continue to drive at the same speed and applying the brakes at the last minute. Getting back to cruising speed while the car is still moving uses far less petrol than stopping and then starting again.
TIP 3: Turn the air-conditioning off
It’s tempting to leave the car AC on the whole year round. It keeps inside the car clean as dust from the streets and roads. But hey! it uses quite a bit of fuel so it’s better to minimize it’s usage. It is advisable you turn it off when it’s not hot (the weather is rather cold now due to harmattan). If it is hotter inside your car than outside when you start a trip, drive with the windows down for a few minutes to help cool the car before starting the air conditioning.
TIP 4: Don’t carry round unnecessary weight
Just like your body, your car needs more fuel to move around more weight. A lighter car will use less fuel, so don’t drive around with unnecessary items in your boot and unless you’re on a long journey, consider running your fuel tank half full or less. Don’t use your car as a mobile store room. Leave heavy items like tools and sports equipment at home when you don’t need them on a trip.
TIP 5: Accelerate smoothly
The perfect way to travel is at a constant speed (ideally around 50mph), and in the highest gear (five or six). So if you’re a patient driver, you’ll have lower fuel bills – it’s as simple as that. It’s unrealistic to avoid overtaking, but there’s little point accelerating past a car to simply be in front of it. Car experts say it can save up to 10%-25% of fuel.
TIP 6: Check your Tyre pressures regularly
The lower the Tyre pressure, the more fuel the car needs to move it down the road. It’s is recommended that Tyre pressures should be checked worry two weeks. If you’re not sure what the pressure should be, you can normally find the figures near the lock inside the driver’s door. Also, maintaining your tyres helps to reduce fuel consumption. Well maintained tyres are essential for safe and economical driving.