October 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm #175924
The 5 best ways to save fuel. “Don’t waste fuel by following our top tips.”
With ever increasing fuel costs it makes sense to look for ways to save fuel. The more fuel you conserve the more money you will save. We’ll take a look at the best fuel saving tips and blow a few myths out of the water. If everyone who read these tips just managed to save 1 mpg it would add up to a massive fuel saving and help the environment. In reality I think most people will save about 10-20% in fuel costs by reading and applying these tips. To keep track of your MPG use an online fuel calculator.
1 General servicing
The following things can really affect your fuel consumption. Servicing – a regularly serviced and well maintained car will be more efficient and use less fuel. Pay particular attention to oil levels, spark plug condition and air filters to save fuel. Tire pressures – having soft tires or slow punctures can cost as much as 4 mpg, which adds up over time. Most drivers report better fuel economy at the higher end of tire pressures but this needs to be balanced with the vehicle load, use and manufacturers recommendations.
Wheel alignment – if the wheels are out of alignment or you have a high friction hub issue you will be losing substantial amounts of fuel economy. Running the engine hot – a warm engine is more efficient. Some drivers change the thermostat for a hotter one and will usually gain a few addition MPG and save some fuel. Read more at: http://www.novsights.com
2 Avoid modifications to the engine that do nothing to help you save fuel.
There are a number of products out there claiming to give you extra fuel economy but most are downright fraudulent or at best so negligibly effective at saving fuel they are not worth it. Magnets on the fuel line do nothing, fuel does not magnetize ionize or similar as claimed by the makers of these fuel magnets. Most are very weak magnets that clip on the fuel line. You could try taping a fridge magnet to your fuel line and see for yourself how effective this is rather than shell out on a “miracle fuel saving magnet”. Oil additives that bond to the engine. There are so many of these around on the market. Most of the particles will get caught in the fuel filter anyway potentially clogging it up. There is very little evidence to support any oil additives and less so to support the fact they help with saving fuel. There is no substitute for getting a good quality engine oil in the first place and keeping it topped up. Water to Hydrogen kits, we are constantly asked about these kits and if they save fuel and the answer is NO! Leave them well alone. If it were that easy to run a car on water and save fuel the manufacturers would have done it. Most of the companies selling these devices have amended their claims following complaints from the advertising standards. Perhaps one day someone will come up with a system that actually works but for now this is just a pipe dream.
3 Beneficial additives and tuning methods to save fuel.
Remapping an engine, chip tuning and SOME smart tuning boxes will increase your fuel economy. This needs to be specified when buying, as most will increase performance and fuel consumption. It is worth noting that most diesel engines remapped for performance will also return a better fuel economy figure as they are working more efficiently. Fuel saving tires also work. They reduce the rolling resistance so you have to expect slightly less grip from them in some conditions but they can knock a few more MPG out of a tank. Read more at: http://www.novsights.com
Petrol additives that help burn off carbon deposits can work really well! I personally rate BG44K for petrol engines, & BG244 for diesels, it really does help a car burn off carbon and makes the engine run more efficiently. Conversion to LPG fuel usually means a large fuel saving. In the UK LPG duty is substantially lower than petrol. Conversion is relatively simple and providing you have access to LPG fuel and the price of this is low you are in a win/win situation. (LPG conversions are not necessarily legal in all states/countries and fuel prices do vary.) You’ll also burn slightly more LPG fuel than petrol as it has a lower calorific value but the low price more than offsets this difference.
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