Hertz UAE offers tips to save fuel costs
Fuel prices have gone up as much as 27% this year, so Hertz UAE says they have examined typical driving habits and compiled a series of tips which not only will help save on fuel costs, up to Dhs 600 per year, and incidentally cut pollution too, but also indirectly promote better driving habits and road safety standards in the UAE. Some of these tips we’ve mentioned before, some are common sense, but some are actually new.
- Take it steady: Reduce fuel consumption by cutting speed.
- Pressure point: Inflate tyres to manufacturers recommended levels. This reduces friction by reducing the contact area of your tyre to the road, helping to achieve a slightly improved fuel mileage.
- Plan your route: Avoid busy roads, heavy traffic, traffic lights and getting lost by advance route planning. The shortest route is not always the most fuel efficient if you have to stop a lot.
- Remove excess weight: Leave unnecessary tools and excess weight at home.
- Brake correctly: A car consumes most fuel as it accelerates. Keep the ride smooth, anticipate traffic and apply slow steady acceleration and braking to increase fuel economy by as much as 20%.
- Cruise control: It is recommended in steady traffic conditions. Keeping a constant speed helps save fuel, even if you don’t have cruise control.
- Shift into neutral when standing still to reduce transmission strain and cool off the transmission.
- Service your vehicle regularly: Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels.
- Purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle: When buying a new vehicle, examine the vehicle’s fuel efficiency rating. Usually a small vehicle with manual transmission delivers the best fuel economy. Of course, the DriveArabia.com Ultimate Car Buyer Guide is your best bet in the Middle East for fuel economy ratings.