Tip 1: Good planning
W he stuck in a traffic jam stands, wastes not only valuable time but also fuel. After all, the engine runs all the time without any noticeable progress. To avoid this, you shouldn't use congested routes during rush hour if you don't necessarily have to travel at a certain time. If that doesn't work, it's best to bypass the traffic obstruction. Because it makes more sense to roll around on a small detour than to burn gasoline unnecessarily in a traffic jam. Alternative routes can be easily found with a navigation system on board. Models with intelligent, traffic-dependent routing have an advantage.
Tip 2: Adjust the air pressure
Too little pressure in the tires is not only dangerous, it also increases the costs Height. On the one hand, the tires wear out faster, and on the other, they have higher rolling resistance, which increases fuel consumption. The higher the inflation pressure, the easier the tires roll. A good compromise between comfort and economy is an increase of 0.3 bar compared to the manufacturer's recommendation.
Tip 3: Engine off
Modern Start-stop systems do it before: Since a machine that is not running does not need any fuel, simply switch off the engine when it is stationary. If this equipment is missing, the driver should turn off the engine himself at every traffic light, at the level crossing or in a traffic jam, even if the stop is only brief. This does not harm the starter. Important: After switching off, switch the ignition back on so that the lights and windshield wipers work (watch out for the battery).
Tip 4: Regular maintenance
Those who skimp on the inspections usually save on the wrong ones End: Sooty spark plugs or clogged air filters drive consumption up. A correctly maintained brake system and the correct chassis geometry reduce fuel consumption, even if only slightly. There is further savings potential in the lubricant, but because of the high prices of low-viscosity oils, you end up paying more.
Tip 5: clear out the car
Whether snow chains and crates of drinks in the trunk or the luggage rack on the roof : Anything that unnecessarily increases weight or air resistance should be put back in the garage or basement as soon as possible.
Tip 6: Really gasgive
The right foot has a decisive influence on fuel consumption. As paradoxical as it sounds: if you press the pedal almost completely, you save gasoline because the throttle valves are wide open and the engine can draw in better. Do not turn down the gears fully, but shift at medium speeds. In this way, the target speed is quickly reached, with which you can then continue rolling in the highest possible gear.
Tip 7: Drive relaxed
With anticipatory driving you prevent unnecessary braking and renewed acceleration. Especially in city traffic, this drives up consumption. Anyone who swims quietly in traffic can go the furthest with one tank of fuel. By the way: Thanks to the so-called overrun fuel cut-off, an engine does not consume any fuel when coasting when the clutch is engaged. So disengaging is not worthwhile and is dangerous.
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Tip 8: Avoid short distances
Just 500 meters to the Driving a bakery is an expensive pleasure, as the engine consumes significantly more during the warm-up phase than when it is at operating temperature. In addition, the catalytic converter does not reach the required operating temperature and allows more exhaust gases to pass through.