Want to Save on Fuel? Why Not Drive Smart for a Change

October 25, 2017

In our line of work, we’re often asked what would be a good choice for a fuel-efficient car, especially for the daily grind. While the list may be long and distinguished, the reality is that fuel efficiency is relative. A miserly supermini may guzzle gas when used by a driver who doesn’t know how to drive properly, just as a hulking SUV may sip less fuel in the hands of someone who drives smart.

While the two may never achieve the same fuel consumption numbers, there is a way to make the most out of every drop of precious fuel—no matter what vehicle you drive. Ford gives us a few pointers on what we can do to try and stretch our fuel bills. Moreover, we might even help our environment by cutting down on harmful carbon dioxide (CO2 emissions.

  • Drive smoothly: Being gentle on the throttle and brakes not only keeps your passenger from feeling sick but can likewise help you save on fuel. It would also help not to frequently change lanes. This would also help prevent accidents and traffic jams.
  • Maintain a constant and safe speed: It’s no secret that many are addicted to speed. Yet it is also true that speed can be dangerous. Plus, it can also waste lots of fuel. So best to just keep it safe and steady while on the highway. No need to speed up as you’ll eventually get to your destination, anyways.
  • Reducing aerodynamic drag can help save gas: In plain English, keep those windows and sunroof closed, especially on the highway. These, along with roof racks and the like, can increase a vehicle’s wind resistance, making the engine work harder. This in turn means more fuel consumed.
  • Remove unnecessary weight from your vehicle. While many of us like to use our vehicles as a mobile closet, the sad reality is that all this weight can increase our fuel bills. Just like the open window, those clothes or knickknacks can put undue strain on the car’s engine. And you know what effect that has on fuel.
  • Plan your j=routes: Avoid unnecessary trips. Carpool. Take an Uber or Grab if possible. Or why not walk, especially if you’re only headed to the corner grocery. This would also be a great way to get some exercise.

Apart from these practices, it would also be wise to take care of your vehicle. Make sure that the engine is properly tuned and has the correct grade of engine oil and other essentials. Moreover, ensure that all tires are properly inflated as this not only saves fuel but also helps prevent accidents.

Yes, driving smart can help you save on fuel.


About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.