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Road Trips and Fuel Economy

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When you’re driving to the grocery store or taking your children to school, fuel economy is a concern but not a very big one. If you start off from a red light too quickly, you will waste a little bit of petrol but not a noticeable amount. It is a good idea to get into the habit of conserving petrol because it adds up over time, but it’s not so disruptive that you’ll notice the difference immediately. That all changes when you go on a road trip. On a road trip, every little thing matters.


For example, if you are taking a road trip of 1000 km, a difference of .5 litres per 100 km is a difference of five litres. Depending on the price of fuel, that could be a considerable amount of money. Then, you have to consider other factors that could be affecting your petrol efficiency. The following are a few ways to be more efficient in your use of petrol.


Choose the Right Car

First, you need to choose a car rental in Queenstown that has a high fuel efficiency. Some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles are compact vehicles designed for road trips. This means they are offered by a car rental agency that is transparent about how much fuel they consume and keeps them in good working order. Keeping your vehicle in good working order is another way to increase your fuel efficiency. The numbers you see for fuel efficiency are numbers that reflect optimal performance.


If the spark plugs are dirty, the exhaust is clogged, or the fuel lines are sluggish, then you won’t be getting the optimal efficiency from your vehicle. You’ll need to make sure you are renting from a reputable company to ensure that you are getting the best vehicle. Then you will also need to take a few steps yourself to keep the vehicle running as efficiently as possible.


Tire Pressure

Tire pressure is important for several reasons. You need to keep the proper amount of tire pressure so that you can maintain the traction that your tires deliver; that is a safety concern. Also, the right amount of tire pressure makes it less likely that you will blow a tire while you are driving, which could be very expensive to repair. However, tire pressure also affects your fuel efficiency. When a tire is underinflated, more of it is in contact with the road.


When more of the rubber is on the road, it creates an increased amount of friction. That increased friction makes a tiny difference in the amount of energy required to move your vehicle forward. While that increase in necessary energy might be tiny, it adds up very quickly over hundreds of kilometres.


Windows and A/C

The debate between windows and air conditioning is important as well. Most researchers have found that the most efficient way to drive is with the windows up and the air conditioner turned off. If that is not an option, the second-best choice is running the air conditioner with the windows up when you are driving at high speeds and windows down when you are driving at low speeds.


If you take these steps, you will save a lot of fuel.


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