8 common fuel-saving beliefs that are total myths

07/04/2018

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Reasonable as these rumoured tips may sound, not all of them are scientifically proved, some are even counter-productive when applied.

Do you believe the older car it is, the more fuel it takes to run the engine? Or did you once start your car long before driving off to save the energy? If yes, you might want to consider abandoning those ideas after reading this article. Reasonable as these rumoured tips may sound, not all of them are scientifically proved, some are even counter-productive when applied. Now check out 8 most widely-advised tips on saving fuel that are completely untrue and our explanation. 

1. Car age goes parallel with the wasted amount of energy?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has indicated if old cars are maintained properly on a regular basis, their fuel economy remains the same as their very first day.

This can be applied to even 15-year-old cars or older. That’s why spending on worthwhile maintenance rather than buying a brand new vehicle should be your strategy when owning an old-aged car.

an old car

Car age doesn't affect its fuel consumption

2. Start the engine before you actually use it?

As the tip is passed by previous generations, it is literally meant for predecessors. For old models, there is no doubt this method would save car fuel. However, modern products are designed to operate just a few seconds after turning on. 

3. More quality of fuel means less quantity?

More quality of fuel means more money you will pay, I would say. In fact, mainstream cars are produced to use normal kind of energy. Sports cars, in contrast, may benefit from higher-quality fuel as their machine capacity is larger, demanding for more premium energy.

For regular cars, remember to choose the right type of energy they consume to maximize their efficiency.

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4. No need to worry about fuel consumption when the car has an EPA label?

While being labelled EPA Fuel Economy may ensure your car wasting less power than others, there are many more factors to consider in energy saving. It should be noted that EPA process just simulates common driving environments and techniques, so it cannot be applied to all real-life situations. Self-experiencing your car and having your own lessons will always guarantee much more than any label.

EPA fuel economy sample

Sample label of EPA Fuel Economy

5. Manual versus Automatic – one can only trust his hands?

Some may hold the long-lasting belief that manual vehicles are more reliable than automatic machines in terms of energy efficiency as they can gain an absolute control of when and how they run the engine. The truth is, however, against this case.

automatic and manual gear

Certain automatic models can even help drivers save more fuel than their manual counterparts

Thanks to technology advances, automatic transmission cars can now have the same level of fuel economy with manual ones. Certain automatic models can even help drivers save more fuel than their manual counterparts.

>>> Read also: 6 fuel-saving tips for automatic drivers

6. Damaged air cleaner - the enemy of fuel saving?

It is, when air cleaner goes with carburetor. But today, when the couple of Direct fuel injection (DFI) and computerized energy-air level adjusting system are put into use, we can put aside that idea. Changing air cleaner does improve operational functions, not affecting the consumption of fuel.

7. Fresh air through windows helps reduce the fuel costs as well?

It’s funny when some drivers sacrifice their comfort to save their budget by turning off air-conditioner system and enjoying “fresh air” filled with dust from the road. Researches have pointed out the outside atmosphere has nothing to do with the vehicle’s fuel economy, but rather badly affect its aerodynamics.

opening windows while driving

Opening windows does not help saving fuel

8. Our advice

Make sure you prepare carefully for all the trips before going and drive smoothly down the road. Sudden brakes on rough routes or long starting will burn your oil and coins more than anything. AC does add up to the fuel consumption and should be used wisely, according to the weathers.

Last but not least, regular check on car components could save you a fortune for damaged parts that take a lot of fuel to run

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