Unlike your car rental plan, fuel prices are never constant, and often this is one of the main reason’s car renters end up paying more on their car rental despite the low rental cost. That said, there are a few steps that you could take to maximize fuel efficiency and save in the long run. Our experts bring a few tips on the best practices which you could incorporate to experience increased fuel economy.
Plan Your Trip in Advance
We understand that many believe this is an unnecessary step; however, experience tells us that many drivers who fail to do this end up falling in the same pit – relying entirely on the GPS and not studying the route in advance. Sure, technology has most certainly made our lives easy, but we need to make better use of it. So, try doing a bit of research in advance and planning your route. Understand if there are any diversions due to construction or traffic etc. Doing so will help you reach fast and in the easiest way and reduce the chance of unnecessarily taking a long route. It further ensures you save on your fuel.
Switch Off the Engine
Whether you are pulling to the side for an urgent call or waiting for long hours in traffic, your vehicle consumes more gas that could otherwise be saved had the engine been off. Hence, we recommend switching your engine off, especially if it is on for too long. It would be best if you remembered that turning off the engine also disables other functions such as the airbags. You need to be certain only to use this scenario where there is a zero chance of an accident.
Keep a Full Tank
The only concern you should have during your mini vacation is whether you will fully enjoy yourself. However, minimal planning is essential to avoid any disappointments. So, we recommend filling up your tank and avoiding driving on a low tank. It will give you more mileage and let you cover a longer distance without consuming additional fuel. While most drivers may not think this is important, we’ve often had drivers tell us that it has made their experience better.
Utilize the AC When Required
Use the air conditioner sparingly. While this will certainly not apply during summer, most people are likely to go on long drives during the cooler season. Hence, we would recommend using it only when required. This is because the AC puts an additional load on the engine, forcing more fuel to be consumed.