Nowadays, we can hardly imagine life without a car. But do we know how to handle it properly so that we do not throw money out of our passenger transport window?
How do I save on running a car? Follow these guidelines:
There are a few simple recommendations to save for every ride your “four-wheeler” will allow you to do.
1. Start driving slowly
Do not torque the engine with rapid accelerations and accelerate slowly. In winter, allow the engine to warm up briefly before starting off.
2. Drive smoothly
As far as possible, try to maintain approximately the same speed at all times without sharp fluctuations. Keep an eye on the current traffic situation in your area, avoiding the columns and moving around in the brake-gas style.
3. Empty the case
Do not carry unnecessary things in the car. Empty the suitcase from the things you carry in the car without justification. The heavier your car is, the higher the fuel consumption. For every 10 Kg of cargo, fuel consumption increases by up to 0.1 l / 100 km.
4. Stop the engine
When waiting in the car for several minutes, it is more useful to turn off the engine than to “bother” it unnecessarily and to spend it.
5. Plan a route
Do not spend your time planning a trip badly and you must wander long to reach your destination. Use modern technology – navigation and GPS. It is available on any smartphone (GoogleMaps, Mapy.cz, etc.)
6. Air conditioning wisely
Do you use air conditioning in your car? In summer steamers we often have no choice if we want to reach the goal in health. Nevertheless, several principles of economical handling must be observed when operating the air conditioner:
- Traveling by car with the air conditioning on is in any case more expensive. Do not lower the car temperature more than necessary. To make your car feel more comfortable and to focus more on driving, there is no need for extreme external and internal temperature differences. Just a 5-degree reduction certainly means relief for the body, so don’t spend unnecessarily.
- Do not switch on the air conditioner immediately after getting into the car. Allow the car to ventilate properly for a while before moving on and increasing the air conditioning performance only gradually.
- Be sure to close the windows when the air conditioning is switched on.
7. Car, bicycle or on foot?
Also think about whether your car is worth it. Use the car over distances or terrains that would be difficult for you to walk or by bike. If you prefer to walk a short distance or choose to ride a bike, you will benefit not only your health and the environment, but also your wallet, as the first few kilometers of the car consume the most fuel.
Beware of oil and tires
In addition to the above advice, it is necessary to keep the car in good condition – this will not only affect the right consumption. Pay particular attention to the following:
- Keep an eye on the oil level – check the oil level regularly, at least once every second refueling. For good engine condition, it is important that the oil level is always correct, so do not wait until the engine oil indicator light comes on.
- Pay attention to the tires and their inflation pressure. Check them regularly; the pressure must be as specified by the manufacturer, so the tires should not be underinflated (they wear more quickly on the sides) or over inflated (they wear more in the center, moreover they will bounce more on uneven surfaces).