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Fuel Savings Tips for Soaring Fuel Prices

It is a common site where the petrol pump owners put up unexpected “Petrol Chaina” notices in clumsy oil cartoons and how sad faces turn their vehicles with despair and frustration. With fuel prices exceeding Npr 67.25, at the petrol pumps and the world loosing its available oil resources we should be on our toes to save fuel and get the maximum output. We present you with some driving tips that really work.

Millions of gallon of gasoline is wasted every day by motorists, because simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance is neglected for example loose or missing gas caps, under-inflated tires, worn spark plugs and dirty air filters all contribute to poor fuel economy."

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

    * Vehicle Fuel Caps – About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have fuel caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of fuel to vaporize every year.

    * Under inflated tires – When tires aren’t inflated properly it’s like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a you up to 2km per liter.

    * Worn spark plugs – A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly.

    * Dirty air filters – An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture – too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.

Fuel-saving driving tips include: 

    * Don’t be an aggressive driver – Aggressive driving can lower mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets.

    * Avoid excessive idling – Sitting idle gets zero Km per liter. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.

    * Observe the speed limit – Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above the given economy zone. Cars today are equipped with cruise control to maintain a constant speed on highways.

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