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April 10, 2017

Tips to Lower Your Minibus Fuel Consumption

Minibus Fuel Costs

Tips on How You Can Lower Your Minibus Fuel Consumption 

Fuel prices are rising and it doesn’t appear that that is going to change anytime soon. While there is nothing the average driver can do about this, there are indeed a few ways that you can save on fuel consumption and thus save money.  Below are some common sense advise on reducing minibus fuel costs.

  • Observe Speed Limits

Observe the posted speed limit Fuel mileage will decrease rapidly at speeds over 60 mpg. The use of cruise control is recommended in order to maintain a constant speed on the highway. A vehicle that averages 28 miles per gallon at 60 mph, typically will get 27 mpg at 65 mph, and 25 mpg at 70 mph. That said, it’s important to remember that for different type, model, and age vehicles, fuel economy at different speeds will vary.

  • Keep your tyres inflataded

Keep your tyres properly inflated The National Energy Foundation estimates that half of the tyres (50%) of the vehicles on the road today are under-inflated. They say that driving on soft tyres can add an additional 2% to an individual’s fuel bill. Some suggest once a week. Others do it every time they fill up. Get in the habit of checking those tyres!

  • Air con Advise

Running the A/C Another subject the NEF is well versed on is air conditioning and fuel consumption. Their statistics will show that using your A/C can cause your vehicle to use up to 25% more fuel. Make it a point to not use this luxury unnecessarily. Try switching it off and using the vents instead, and maybe a window or two down a bit. Here it’s worth noting, that if you are travelling at more than 55 mph, it’s most often better to turn on the A/C if it’s too hot, and roll up those windows. The reason being that open windows at high speeds will increase drag and inevitably use more fuel than running your air-con.

  • Engine Maintenance

Keep That Engine Maintained It’s a fact that under-serviced and inefficient motors will reduce fuel economy by 10% or more. Have your vehicle serviced regularly. Something as simple as a dirty air filter can seriously rob you of your fuel economy. They are not expensive, and easy to change. The same goes for motor oil. Have it changed regularly. Clean oil will reduce the wear that is caused by the friction of the engine’s moving parts.

  • Weight and Drag

Reduce the weight and reduce the drag Remove things such as carriers, roof racks, and removable seats when they are not being used. Tidy up the boot and remove any items you really don’t need to have in there, like your golf clubs and extra sports equipment. Give some serious thought before adding heavy accessories or wide tyres that will increase your rolling resistance parts.

  • Petrol Prices

Be wise as you look for the cheapest petrol Make sure you don’t drive far out of your way just to realise a tiny savings on your fuel purchase. Often times, the fuel that you will use to get to the ‘bargain’ station will cancel out any savings.

  • Steady at the wheel

Avoid aggressive driving It’s a proven fact. Accelerating to and from a stop light and weaving in and out of traffic doesn’t save time. In addition, it wears out components on a vehicle faster such as tyres and brakes. You can raise fuel economy by simply doing away with the quick acceleration and fast braking.

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