January 29, 2018

Vehicle Service Dunedin City – It seems we’ve been focused on fuel economy for decades. And that’s a good thing. The question then becomes how to get better gas mileage. If you want to know how to improve fuel economy, aim for the obvious in your fuel consumption habits and be willing to try what you haven’t tried. Here are some tips to keep in mind.


Tire inflation

It is an old saw, but you would be amazed how many of us overlook this one. Tire pressure must be checked once a month. Most of us check it once a year and only if we see a bulging sidewall. Tire pressure must be maintained for fuel economy, and for your safety. The latest thing is to inflate tires with nitrogen, which runs cooler and maintains pressure better than air. Checking tire pressure periodically when filling up is a good habit to develop.


Modify driving habits

We’ve heard this one before, too, yet it applies now more than ever. Drive like there’s an egg between your foot and the accelerator. Drive with a light throttle and do your best to stay in overdrive or final drive once you get rolling.

Other fuel economy driving tips include aiming for the smoothest pavement, which requires less power. Consolidate errands and take the plan approach to planning each journey to the letter. Do you hit the brake with your left foot?  People doing that tend to ride the brake pedal while accelerating. Maintain a steady throttle and make finite adjustments to power.


Ignition timing

Ignition timing is always the subject of debate when it comes to both power and fuel efficiency. For optimum efficiency, you want ignition timing just to shy of spark knock, where you achieve peak power and efficiency. You want to allow enough room for poor fuel quality and hot/high-load conditions yet push the ignition timing as far as you can without doing engine damage.


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