How to maximize your car’s fuel efficiency

Having a car in the UAE is a fundamental necessity, so maximizing your car’s fuel efficiency is really important for long distance travellers.

Here are a few tips and tricks that can help keep your wallet healthy 🙂

Check your tire pressure

Keep checking your tires periodically and make sure to keep your tires inflated to the recommended pressure because under-inflated tires will cause your car to burn more fuel. A cool tip to remember this would be to have Queen’s under pressure in your drive time playlist.

Consistency is key

Just like with everything in life, consistency with your driving speed makes for a healthy economic car! Constantly accelerating and slowing down consumes more fuel, and applies unnecessary stress on your engine. The best way to save on petrol and engine costs is to go easy on the pedal and make sure to use cruise control more often, especially for the long distance drives.

Don’t leave your car idle for a long time

We all have that friend that says they will be out in two minutes, but they always take 15 minutes. Now unless you will charge them for the fuel you’ve wasted, a simple tip would be to turn off the engine. An idle engine for more than 60 seconds burns more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it again. That’s half-a-gallon to one gallon of gas per hour along with pumping needless CO2 into the atmosphere.

Change the air filter

You know how hard it is to breathe while doing sports outside in a dusty weather,  well your car feels the same way. You need to keep changing air filter within the recommended replacement period to help your engine do its best.

Choose the right octane for your car

Fuel with an octane rating that differs from what the manufacturer can have varying effects on your car engine. Octane ratings measure gasoline’s ability to resist engine knock which may put the engine is a serious stress.

Close your windows on highways

Cool weather in UAE is one of the things that we can’t wait for, but, that doesn’t mean that you have to switch off the AC and roll down your windows thinking it will save you some fuel, it will actually  increase the air resistance and will consume you more fuel on the long run.

Lose the extra weight

The more weight you put the car, the more the car needs its thirst. So ditch the campings bags you keep in the back on your trunk and remove all unnecessary things that add more weight to your car.


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