Car maintenance diy 4: 5 unknown reasons why your car's fuel get used up quickly and how to minimize fuel consumption

There are a whole lot of things that contributes to extra fuel consumption, driving styles, excesiive load, faulty fuel gauage, tyre pressure and lack of maintenace culture. The factors that affects a vehicle's fuel consumption are further outlined:

Car maintenance diy 4: 5  unknown reasons why your car's fuel get used up quickly and how to minimize fuel consumption

1. Driving habit/Driving style.
An individual's driving habit has a lot to do with fuel efficiency. If you drive like a Formula1 driver, don't expect ton have good fuel mileage. Revving your car beyond necessary makes you burn more fuel... I advice you drive calmly. Let the car take if naturally and gather momentum as against knocking down the pedal and rise speedily.

When an engine powers a vehicle forward, the tyres resist the movement. they resist this forward propulsion because they experience friction between the threaded area and the road surface.
Though sounding bad, our cars actually need the friction to be able to have balanced driving. Our brakes can have good grip and help us stop when there is the need.
Aggressive accelerating, sudden braking and rough cornering drains fuel rapidly. I often advice, take it easy on the throttle, slow down gradually not suddenly and you will not only reduce fuel consumption but also save wear and tear on your brakes and tyres.

2. Fuel station
  A situation where a  fuel station's pump is no longer accurate can cost you a lot, some fuel stations do it intentionally to maximize profits, others are negligent about the accuracy of their gauges, either way you are at the receiving end and the fuel you paid for can actually be short of the expected value.

3.  Tire pressure
 Tire pressure affect approximately 20% of your fuel consumption, yes ! Up to that.
Tyre rolling resistance is largely dependent on the tyre pressure. Just one bar from the recommended pressure could lead to some difference in resistance which will result in a significant different in fuel burning.
When your tyres are under-inflated, it seems heavier on the road with a larger portion of the tyres touching the road and creating more resistance, with more resistance you will need more toque to keep moving resulting on more fuel consumption.

Tip: Do not allow your vulcaniser under inflate or over inflate your tyres, they can cost you in the long run, get a gauge and confirm the right tire pressure yourself.

4.  Load 
Many people just hurl around what they don't need in their vehicles. Every additional load contributes to additional fuel consumption.
Your vehicle manufacturer was very concerned about every weight in the car and in trying to reduce weight that what they made the extra tyre quite smaller than the rest 4 tyres. They believe since you don't make use of your spare too often there is no point hurling a big one around...if just one tyre matter in terms of fuel consumption, So take a look around your vehicle... All those things you move around in the boot are they really necessary?
And of course, the number of people you move in your vehicle also determines the volume of fuel consumed....

5. Wheel alignment 
Wheel alignment is another fuel guzzler.When your wheels are not well aligned, the vehicle tends to tilt to another direction while your struggle to force it your own way. That struggle has its fuel implication because your are driving against yourself. Its like one person pulling the car in one direction and you trying to force it to move in another, you need energy to resist the resistance and that is gotten from the engine power which is acquired from fuel...

Though differences in fuel won't be something so large but in this change  and recession era, saving 2litres from a 20litre purchase is crucial.

Other factors include Engine, so to save on fuel:
1.  Allow only professionals maintain your car.
2. Stick to one fuel station or brand, say Mobil, Total, World oil, Capital oil, not switching fuel stations at whims.
3. Use only fuel efficient cars
4. Check that your car fuel gauges are working properly.
5. Follow the above listed guidelines mentioned previously and take necessary precautions.

Important information for drivers driving within Lagos State
Please be kindly be informed that Lagos State Govt via Min. Of Transportation- Vehicle Inspection Service will commence the usage of Electronic Billing System on expired vehicle particular.
The minimum fine is now N20,000 for one offense without a reduction unlike when manual billing system was in operation

The E- Billing System has commenced.
Requirements by VIS are: (1)Updated Vehicle Licence
(2) Road worthiness Certificate
(3) Insurance Certificate
(4) Valid Driver's Licence
(5) Fire Extinguisher.
(6) NO cracked wind screen, broken head lamp,/rear light/ traffickator lights.
A Company/School/Missionary/ Commercial driver MUST be certified by Lagos State Driving Institute.
If your driver's licence is under Process don't drive!
Be informed.

Additional contribution by Car Maintenance expert, Chris Okafor


Mark Adam P said…
Wow, these are really awesome tips. Thanks so much, Chris! While I can’t really take the load one into account (I have to haul a lot of junk in my truck), I’ll definitely be putting the rest of these to use. Also, I had no idea that tire pressure could affect fuel consumption. Read this, Maintenance cost
You welcome Mark, glad you found the car tips helpful.