8 Must-know Tips to Increase Mileage of your Car or Bike
One of the deciding factors in buying a vehicle other than its price in India is – fuel efficiency. People still tend to incline towards fuel-efficient vehicles as petrol prices keep soaring all the time. There are certain things playing a major role in fuel efficiency such as maintenance, tyre pressure etc. Here are certain sure-fire tips to increase mileage of your vehicle.
- Maintenance & Regular service:
It is certainly obvious that regular maintenance and servicing your vehicle would help in increasing your mileage, for moving parts in a vehicle such as engine and gearbox require lubrication and not doing so will decrease the efficiency of your vehicle. It is advisable to regularly service your vehicle as prescribed in your vehicle maintenance book or at regular intervals. During your maintenance service oil change, level of coolant oil, chain lubrication must be taken into account and be carefully gauged for optimal performance of the vehicle.If you doubt that your bike engine is leaking oil or if you find oil stains in the parking space , try to fix it as early as possible.
- Ideal tyre inflation:
Maintaining appropriate tyre pressure does not only extend the life of your tyres, but also increase the fuel efficiency along with improving vehicle safety. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that the tyres have been inflated to the recommended tyre pressure as specified by the manufacturer. Most of the tyres have markings of the suggested tyre pressure. Corrections to tyre pressure should be made if you intend to carry additional load or weight by consulting the vehicle handbook.
- Avoid Idling:
Idling is leaving the vehicle’s engine running when the vehicle is parked. This is one practice to shun. When you are in a traffic and the wait is more than 10 seconds, it is desirable to turn off your ignition to save fuel. Contrary to popular belief it is that idling your car can consume more amount of fuel than restarting your engine. Also today’s engine do not require warming up in winter mornings. You can warm up your engine by driving around without excessively revving your engine for a few minutes.
4. Clutch over-ride:
Clutch over-ride is nothing but over-usage of clutch, in conditions, where it is not needful to use. Vehicle owners who are new to driving, sometimes tend to over-ride the clutch. This can extract a lot of fuel in running conditions. In bumper to bumper traffic, over-riding the clutch is a common practice. This not only wears out the clutch plate but also drinks your fuel a lot. This can be easily avoided by using appropriate gears.
- Proper gearing:
You would need to combine a gentle start in lower gears and swiftly changing to higher gears to avoid stress on the engine. This is practiced so that your engine runs comfortably on the economy band. This in turn increases your vehicle’s range. For instance, a 150cc commuter bike can string along upto 55kmph in the 3rd gear and going beyond that will add a lot of stress on the engine having a direct effect on the mileage. A vehicle consumes higher fuel in lower gears when accelerating hard. It is sensible to not over speed since higher the RPM, higher the amount of fuel burnt.
- Traffic alert:
It is common for people to start late and end up in traffic and revving hard. But the traffic and hard revving end up ruining your fuel economy as the stop-start traffic suck out your fuel. Planning can help you avoid traffic. Radio stations and smart phones nowadays can relay traffic alerts and traffic prone routes. Planning accordingly can increase the efficiency.
- Use GPS:
Optimizing your routes can effectively increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. GPS gadgets nowadays allows users to be informed of busy intersections, traffic updates and sometimes diversions. Using GPS to avoid traffic prone routes and steering through the shortest route can add to an increase in mileage of the vehicle.
- Refuel in the morning:
It is a fact that, fuel when warm expands and is denser when cold. In the morning when the temperature is usually cooler it is denser and hence it is desirable to fill up in the morning or at late night rather than in the afternoon or evening. Hence it is more ‘bang for the buck’ in the morning and hence a bargain in fuel amount.
Fuel economy has always been a concern and that too in countries like India where the traffic is bottleneck, the above tips can be foolproof in increasing mileage as well the condition and quality of the vehicle in the long run.