2 euros per litre. Here is the astronomical price of fuel since this Monday, March 7, due to the war in Ukraine. A rapid rise that worries drivers. So how do you deal with this price spike? We give you 7 simple tips to make your tank of petrol or diesel last longer.
Drive at a constant speed
Traffic lights, pedestrians, stop signs, roundabouts or giving way… Of course, constant driving in the city is not easy. But as soon as you have the opportunity, drive at the same speed to make the fuel last a long time. Indeed, studies show that the consumption of petrol or diesel increases when the speed of the vehicle varies constantly.
Use engine brake
If you never or rarely anticipate braking, it may be time to think about it. And rightly so, by using the engine brake (release the throttle and the engine brakes automatically) instead of pressing the brake pedal, you consume 0.0 litres/100 km. As a result, consumption is zero. You’d be wrong not to try, right?
Stop the engine when stationary
If you stop for more than 5 to 10 seconds, always switch off the engine. This little harmless gesture is good for the planet and your wallet as you save up to 10% of your consumption. And beware for anyone who thinks restarting the engine costs even more, you are wrong. On the contrary, because it is already warm, it consumes less fuel than during a cold start.
Manage air conditioning
Winter or summer, don’t turn on the air conditioning for too long. Aside from irritating the airways, drying out the nose, causing coughing and of course spreading germs in the air, which frankly isn’t ideal, the air conditioning pumps mainly petrol and diesel. Yes, for the air conditioning to work, the engine must burn fuel.
Activate cruise control
Are you going to take the highway or the highway? If your car is equipped with cruise control, consider activating it (provided the traffic isn’t too busy). By maintaining a constant speed (110 or 130 km/h, depending on the road), you significantly reduce the fuel consumption of your vehicle.
Check tire pressure
Tires with too high or too low pressure put you at risk and cause you to use more fuel. For your safety and to save money, check their pressure before hitting the road, especially if you have a long journey. In addition, quality tires are often more economical (you can reduce your consumption by 7.5 percent).
Anticipate your travels
Finally, to stay full longer, avoid unnecessary trips and organize yourself as best you can. For example, instead of going to the bakery in the morning and the post office in the afternoon, you kill two birds with one stone and save time and money. Some more ?
You have all the cards in hand to reduce your fuel consumption.