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Tyre pressure. Your car has a recommended tyre pressure level, which can usually be found on the side of the driver’s seat. Ensuring that your tyres are properly inflated will lead to less friction and better mileage.
Junk in the trunk. Clear out unnecessary items from your trunk; this will reduce the weight in the car and require less fuel to build and maintain drive momentum. Similarly, do not overfill your tank; you will burn more fuel in order to carry it.
Lay off the air-conditioner. Whenever possible, use the air-conditioner sparingly; learning to do without climate control can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 10%.
Head racks are out. Unless you are planning to win the local F1 Grand Prix, those showy spoilers or head racks (for extra luggage) build unnecessary wind resistance when driving and reduce fuel efficiency. Drop them for more mileage.
Behave. Driving behaviour makes a big difference in raising fuel efficiency. Although cars in Pakistan usually do not have cruise control, maintaining a constant speed, avoiding sudden braking and making unnecessary stops can make a lot of difference in getting better mileage.
Use common sense. Car pooling, avoiding rush hour and over-speeding will not only help you drive better but will also lower your fuel bill over time.
Live within the law. Speed limits are there for both our safety and efficiency; staying within these not only keep you safe but helps you avoid those non-productive fuel burning bursts.
– Tariq Ziad Khan
First published in the ADBUZZZZ Section of The Dawn Weekend Advertiser on January 25, 2015.