10 TSSI Tips to Save Fuel
1 Trip Planning
By planning your trips, you can drive less and save money. Avoid short trips to do just one errand. Every time you start your engine cold, your car burns 20% more fuel, so combine several errands into one trip.
2 Start up
Engine idling for 3-5 minutes is necessary during start up. This will allow the engine to properly circulate the lubricating oil and reach the optimum operating temperature, thereby resulting to efficient fuel combustion.
3 Don’t idle
Idling gets zero miles to the liter. Avoid waiting inside the vehicle while the engine is running and the air-conditioning on. Thirty minutes of engine idling is equivalent to two (2) liters of fuel consumed.
4 Standard Shift
Proper gear selection contributes to better mileage. You can save fuel when changing gears, go through lower gear gently and quickly. On hills, shift up as soon as you can without lugging the engine.
FIRST GEAR FIRST!!!
Keep a smooth and steady speed whenever possible. Press lightly but steadily on the accelerator and maintain the desired and legal speed. Avoid tailgating and sporadic acceleration or braking.
6 Cool Cars
For non-air conditioned vehicles, keep windows closed when driving at highway speeds, and use your flow-through ventilation. Open windows create drag.
7 Pick a lane and stay on it
While driving, it is far more economical, if while necessary, to drive on a straight line. Frequent changing of lanes burns a lot more fuel. In addition, it is unsafe. Unnecessary overtaking results to excessive fuel consumption
Without a good tune-up, a vehicle uses as much as 20% more gasoline than a well-tuned vehicle. A misfiring engine can waste two miles per gallon and a clogged air filter can waste one mile per gallon.
9 Oil and Oil Filters
Change oil and oil filters at intervals recommended by the manufacturer. Dirty oil and low oil levels can cause friction and wear that rob you of gasoline mileage and can seriously damage your engine
Under-inflated tires require the engine to give more power to drive a vehicle. Additional power means additional fuel burned. Maintain tire pressure between 30 to 35 psi. Mileage should improve 1% for every two pounds of pressure needed to bring them to standard level. Using radial on all four wheels will usually result to 3-5% improvement in gasoline mileage. DON’T mix radial tires and conventional tires!