Motorists have been advised to use a fuel consumption display that is built into many newer vehicles to save money on gasoline and diesel. Some cars may even come equipped with a more sophisticated display that analyzes speed variations, shift points for manual transmissions, and driving behaviors.
According to research, many motorists can consume 15 percent less fuel by acting on the feedback provided by the screen.
The standard version of the display typically tells drivers how many miles per gallon they’ll get based on current driving behaviors.
This can help motorists improve their driving technique and lead to better fuel economy.
A deeper scan is also available on some newer vehicles.
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The display that shows the number of miles a vehicle travels per gallon and the range value can often be incorrect.
AAA said estimates can vary significantly on shorter trips or depend on the consistency of things that affect fuel economy, like speed and acceleration.
The vehicle test, based on a series of simulated driving scenarios, was conducted by AAA in collaboration with the Automotive Research Center of the Automobile Club of Southern California.
On average, the fuel economy display of the vehicles tested showed a relatively low error of 2.3 percent compared to the fuel economy measured in laboratory tests.
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However, individual vehicle errors varied widely, suggesting that each vehicle reacted to changes in driving differently and that accuracy may be affected by driving style and conditions.
When it comes to driving behaviour, motorists have been urged to accelerate smoothly, drive in the highest gear possible and avoid hard braking.
Taking care of the condition of a vehicle is also essential and that includes choosing the right tires.
According to Kwik Fit, tires account for up to 20 percent of a car’s fuel consumption.
Tires typically lose air naturally, at a rate of up to two PSI (pounds per square inch) each month.
Because of this, drivers are advised to check tire pressure regularly, as this can help conserve fuel for as long as possible.
Ensuring the air in your tires is full not only extends tread life, but also improves fuel efficiency since there is less rolling resistance on the road.
If the tires are slightly deformed due to incorrect tire pressure, drivers will use more fuel to keep the car running smoothly.
This is due to the added friction while driving that comes from a deformed tire.
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