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We've all been there before. A new and shiny car adorns the surface of our driveway. The salesman had a lot to say about the car's performance and its mileage. However, we're left concerned about the mileage. The car simply doesn't seem to be delivering on all our expectations.
If you're left scratching your head at how your new car is performing, welcome to the gang. We've all experienced the same feelings. And from that experience comes guidance. By this point, you know where to go for all your automotive maintenance tips.
Let's look at some of the best ways to improve a car's mileage and get the best out of its performance for the long road.
Tyre air pressure is a great starting point. It's also essential when it comes to improving mileage. As we've stated before, your tyres are especially important when it comes to maintenance. This is because it's the only component that makes contact with the road when you drive.
As a result, you're highly advised to maintain the right amount of tyre air pressure. Keeping tabs on the pressure levels of all four tyres every two weeks or so is the best way to go. Here's a quick refresher on how to do so - there's a label on the inside of the car that indicates the ideal tyre air pressure levels as advised by the car manufacturer.
Follow this guide and ensure your air pressure levels are maintained as per your car manufacturer's standards.
Forget about the adrenaline-inducing stunt driving you see in your favourite movies. You're not Dom Toretto, Knight Rider or Bullitt. It's best to maintain a gradual and steady speed when you're accelerating or braking.
This is because repetitive acceleration and deceleration can result in unnecessary fuel combustion. As a result, you're advised to maintain a constant velocity. This helps you save fuel, thus, improving your car's mileage.
Let's dive into some technicalities here. Lower engine speeds result in vibrations emanating from the car. Increased engine speeds with relatively minor gearshifts result in improved mileage.
Changing gears is also very important to ensure high mileage. If the engine speed is 70 km/h and you are on 1st or 2nd speed, the mileage decreases. The engine speed determines your mileage and not the exact road speed. Try to maintain optimal engine speed levels with low gearshifts to get the best possible mileage from your car.
A lot of people tend to turn off the AC for better mileage. However, it's not always correct. For instance, if you drive on the highway at 80 km/h with the AC turned off, you're not going to save a lot of mileage.
In other instances, such as heavy traffic, it's recommended to leave your AC on. If the AC is turned off, an additional load is added to the compressor.
As we've always stated, following a rigid car maintenance system is absolutely vital to improve your car on all fronts. It goes without saying, but this includes your car's mileage as well.
Get a car service done at least twice a year. Clean your air filter, change the engine oil, check the fluids, inspect the tyres, and do anything else that's essential for your car. Research has shown that periodic car servicing helps you improve your car mileage by up to 40%.
If you've read this far and you're wondering where to get a car service, then look no further than Service My Car. We're a modern car maintenance solution that gives you access to the region's largest car service network.
Moreover, booking a car service with us has never been easier. You can choose a service package, fill in all relevant details, and have your car picked up from home. Now how's that for convenience?
Get the best mileage out of your car today. Book a car service at Service My Car in two easy ways - on our website or on the Service My Car Super App.
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