By Dr. Archana Bharat on 04-01-2018
We all would like to save fuel, whether it is for a noble cause like saving the planet, or for a selfish cause like not burning a hole in the pocket. There are several ways to maximize your fuel efficiency and minimize your visits to the petrol pump.
Do not use the clutch too much and switch the vehicle off at red light stops. You should drive in the gear corresponding to the speed and get your vehicle serviced regularly. A poorly tuned engine and under inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption. Avoid unnecessary steering wheel movement and abrupt stops. Ensure that you maintain a steady speed. Accelerate slowly on gravel or slippery roads.
Avoid unnecessary braking. Using the Air conditioner at lower speeds and changing spark plugs regularly can save a lot.
If you watch how you drive, it can improve your car’s mileage per liter, cutting global warming and pollution.
Make sure you travel light as extra weight decreases fuel economy. Air conditioning can decrease your fuel efficiency so use it only when required.
Check oxygen sensors, air filters, hoses and belts regularly and have your wheels aligned and keep your tires properly inflated.
Consider running all your errands in the same area in one trip rather than making separate trips. People should carpool and use public transportation when possible. If you share your rides and use other means to get to work, you will save yourself money, reduce congestion on the roads and cut global warming and pollution. Commuters can also work from home at least once a week.
Unless serious thought is given to fuel efficiency, we shall exhaust all the natural oil and gas resources and travel and transportation which is so convenient due to fuel driven cars, buses, autos, scooters and even aeroplanes shall come to a standstill. Save fuel if you do not want your future generations to travel by bullock carts.
About The Author
Archana Bharat MA, MPhil, PhD (University Gold Medalist) is an avid reader and writer, who is greatly influenced by the philosophy of Sant Kabir. Together with her husband Shri Bharat Bhushan she is contributing greatly to Noida unit of Kabir Peace Mission.