5 ways to improve the mileage of your petrol or diesel car

Mileage becomes an important aspect before even buying a car. Here are some tips on how to get better mileage from your car.


With the rise in petrol and diesel prices, many people are switching to electric vehicles. Nonetheless, consumers still prefer to buy a petrol or diesel car. Currently, it’s the start of the electric era yet these fuel-burning mills are not going out of the market anytime soon. Here are some tips to get the maximum out of your beloved petrol or diesel cars when it comes to mileage.

  • Do not idle 

The recent models have this feature that the car automatically cuts down the engine when it is idle for a long time. Even the car manufacturers know that the cars consume a lot of fuel while idle or on neutral and thus introduced an automatic start/stop system. Using this system the car automatically shuts down in long traffic stops or when stopped for long. 

It will come to your surprise that idling consumes more fuel as compared to restarting your car. It also gives off about 80% more pollution than when the car is in motion. So for the next time when you come to a stop consider shutting down your engine completely to save some fuel for your car.

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  • Remove the extra clutter

There is some important stuff in your car like a fire extinguisher or a medical kit that are very essential in emergency situations. However, there might be a lot of clutter as well sitting in your car making your engine put extra effort to pull that weight as well. As little as 60kg clutter is equivalent to a human and can affect your car’s efficiency. 

These can include unnecessary things like long-forgotten backpacks or cargo in boot. One can also consider checking extra car accessories like roof racks, cargo boxes or cycle racks which increases weight and the wind resistance, resulting in poor fuel efficiency.

  • Limit your speed

Car manufacturing companies usually set a speed limit of 40-60 kmph to fetch optimum fuel efficiency from your car. There are eco modes (or similar) too nowadays in recent cars to maximise the fuel efficiency. It is a basic fundamental that the faster you go the more fuel is required by your car to reach those extra speeds. 

Rapid acceleration or sudden braking consumes fuel and reduces your car’s efficiency. It is best to drive in the advised economy speed limits and use cruise control if your car has one.

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  • Check tyre pressure

Underinflated tires can affect your fuel economy as well. Plus without the proper inflation, your tyre threads will wear off faster than usual. There are two places one can check the tyre pressure. The first being the user manual and the other is the door panel when you open the door. If the inflation is not proper your car’s engine needs to put extra effort to move. This results in extra burning fuel and reducing mileage.

  • Regular maintenance

Blocked air filters, worn off spark plugs and old engine oil can greatly affect the engine’s performance. Clean air and good quality spark plugs are responsible for proper combustion in the engine. Engine oil reduces the friction inside the engine, which also decreases the engine’s wear and tear. Schedule regular maintenance with your dealership and perform regular tuneups to get the best out of your car.

These are some great tips that you can consider following to fetch out maximum mileage out of your car and avoid drilling a hole in your wallet. Taking care of your beloved car will not only save some money but also increases the lifespan of your car as well.

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