With the steep increase in the prices of car fuel, the answer to increase a vehicle’s mileage is being highly sought after. Mileage plays a key role in the satisfaction of a car consumer and by enhancing it one can save a lot of money.
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There are many factors that play a huge role in improving your vahicle’s efficiency and mileage:
- Optimal tyre pressure can make huge difference to a car’s fule efficiency as under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption and over-inflated tyres can help fuel efficiency but at the cost of grip which is nor recommended. Check for uniform air pressure in the tyres once a week.
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- The car’s efficiency greatly depends on the way you handle it, especially the brakes and acceleration. Sudden and rough use of brakes and acceleration can negatively affect the engine and result in unforeseen damages. One mus always operate brakes and accelerator smoothly, sudden acceleration and brakings can go hard on your engine and fuel efficiencyand thus, reduce not only the quality of your engine but also the mileage the car can provide.
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- Apart from the technical part, certain minute but healthy practices too can help you increase your car’s mileage, like closing the windows completely and use the air conditioner instead of keeping the windows open, even slightly, because the air acting against the car when the windows are open can impact the car’s fuel efficiency because air causes the car to drag against the wind leading to increased fuel consumption and reduced mileage.
- A car consumes a lot of energy when accelerating at lower gears. Accelerating at low gears without switching to the higher ones puts unnecessary pressure on the engine resulting in reduced output therefore, change to the highest gear, without the engine knocking, when necessary to increase your mileage.
- Remove all the unnecessary stuff from the car as increased weight consumes a lot of fuel and hence, reduces the mileage and fuel efficiency.