Tips on how to save fuel as you get from A to B

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um­mer can be a costly time for fam­i­lies, with hol­i­days, camps and play­dates all rack­ing up the dirhams. And, with fuel prices set to rise again in July, peo­ple will be felling the pinch even more.

So, to­day Ab­dal­lah Mad­houn, Re­gional Sales & Mar­ket­ing Man­ager at Chevro­let Mid­dle East, of­fers some tips on mak­ing a tank of petrol go that bit fa­ther.

Take it easy and drive smoothly: Not ac­cel­er­at­ing smoothly is one of the most com­mon mis­takes driv­ers make on the road.

Ag­gres­sive driv­ing like jump­ing on the gas at ev­ery light only to then hit the brakes will not get the driver home any faster.

By driv­ing smoothly, driv­ers can im­prove their mileage by ap­prox­i­mately 20 per cent.

Use cruise con­trol: Us­ing cruise con­trol helps main­tain a con­stant speed over time, which is much more ef­fi­cient than speed­ing up and slow­ing down over and over again.

Roll up the win­dows: Leav­ing win­dows open on the high­way in­creases air pres­sure in your car, act­ing like a para­chute try­ing to slow the ve­hi­cles down, which con­sumes much more en­ergy than the air con­di­tioner will, slow­ing you down and con­sum­ing fuel.

Check tyre pres­sure: Even with tyres just five pounds un­der the rec­om­mended air pres­sure, it will make the engine work harder to turn the

wheels. Check tyres at least once a month. The tyre in­for­ma­tion la­bel lo­cated on the in­side of your ve­hi­cle’s door­frame has the rec­om­mended cold tyre pres­sure for your ve­hi­cle.

Don’t ig­nore the ‘check engine’ light: A check engine light can be some­thing as sim­ple as a loose gas cap. But, a more se­ri­ous engine prob­lem can cut fuel econ­omy by up to 40 per cent.

Avoid idling: A car gets 0km/litre when the engine is idling. Turn off your engine when your ve­hi­cle is parked to save fuel.

Remove roof car­ri­ers and car or­na­ments: Roof car­ri­ers to haul gear and car or­na­ments such as coun­try flags in­crease aero­dy­namic drag (wind re­sis­tance) and low­ers fuel econ­omy.

At high­way speeds, up to a third of your fuel is used to over­come wind re­sis­tance, so even small changes to your ve­hi­cle’s aero­dy­nam­ics will have a big im­pact in fuel econ­omy.

Cut ac­cess weight: When it comes to sav­ing on fuel, it’s not just the dis­tance but how a ve­hi­cle is loaded and driven that counts.

Car­ry­ing heavy items in your car makes it work harder and con­sume more petrol.

Keep in mind that for ev­ery 100kg you carry on­board, your car uses about half a litre per 100km more fuel (about 2 per cent ex­tra) - and even more in smaller ve­hi­cles.

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