How to Get the Most Miles per Gallon?
How to Get the Most Miles per Gallon
The cost of motoring goes only one way: and that is UP! We can’t do anything to lower the price of fuel but we do have some tips to offer on how to save fuel and improve your vehicle’s mpg rating. It is true that new vans and cars are more fuel-efficient but since not everyone can buy a new vehicle just yet, following these handy tips will definitely improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and get the most miles per gallon (MPG) from your vehicle.
Drive More Efficiently
Aggressive driving, such as speeding, rapid acceleration and deceleration, wastes fuel. Studies indicate that aggressive driving lowers mpg by at least 5% in the city and 33% in the motorway. Driving sensibly will not only improve your van’s mpg but is also safer for you and other drivers. Avoid excessive idling as this can consume 1 to 2 liters of petrol per houror more if its Luton van,
Observing the speed limit will also improve your vehicle’s mpg. Though vehicles reach its optimal fuel economy at different range of speeds, it is a fact that mpg decreases at speed over 50 mph.
Removing excess weight will help improve your van’s mpg. If you have a load of unnecessary items stored in the vehicle, take them out. You should also remove unused external carrying kits and racks as they contribute to extra wind resistance.
Keep Your Vehicle Well-Maintained
How to Get the Most Miles per Gallon: You must keep your vehicle’s engine properly tuned. Fixing a van or car that failed emission test will improve its mpg rating by an average of 4%. A faulty oxygen sensor can increase fuel-consumption by as much as 40%.
A properly-inflated set of tyres can improve its fuel efficiency up to 3.3%, are safer and will last longer. Make sure you use the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil to increase mpg of your vehicle.
Plan and Combine Trips
Try to combine errands into one trip or schedule trips to save not only money but time as well. Planning trips ensures that traveling is done on a warmed-up and fuel-efficient engine. Taking several short trips on a cold engine use twice as much fuel. If it can be helped, avoid driving during peak rush hours.
Additional Driving Tips
• If the weather permits, turn off the air-conditioner, heated windscreen, demisters and other electrical gadget as they burn more fuel more so at low speeds.
• Gently change gears early- 2000 rpm for diesel and 2500 rmp for petrol.
• Use the stop/start feature properly and lift that foot from the clutch.
• Use gravity and vehicle momentum when going downhill and going uphill.
• Do not use premium fuel if there is no need.
Most Economical Vans
How to Get the Most Miles per Gallon: The most fuel efficient small van is the Ford Transit Courier with a 70.6 mpg rating. This van may lack the carrying capacity needed by most operators but this will do for transporting small loads and in city driving. Following the lead are Peugeot Bipper, Fiat Fiorino Cargo and Citroen Nemo with a 68.9 mpg.
The most economical mid-sized panel vans are the new Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI BlueEfficiency with 49.6 mpg, Vauxhall Vivaro twin-turbo 1.6-litre engine with 47.9 mpg, Renault Traffic Sport with 46.3 mpg, then Ford Custom ECOnetic and VW Transporter BlueMotion with 44.8 mpg.
The Fiat Ducato 130 Multijet II L1H1 Stop& Start tops the list of the most economical large-sized panel van with 45.6mpg. In the list are Ford Transit (44.1 mpg) and the Ducato at 45.6 mpg.
It would be a great idea to list all the top small, medium and large vans in terms of its mpg rating next week!