Automotive real-life fuel efficiency figures rarely match the manufacturer's figures. To ensure that you get a precise picture of the efficiency of your car and how much you spend, here are a few tips to consider.

Top Up

BMW 5 Series at the gas station. This photo was made in The Netherlands.
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The only way to understand the precise quantity of petrol used is to fill the tank entirely. But it won't be very precise to simply rely on the automatic cut-off. The fuel throws into the tank at a high speed when you fill your car, and sometimes all of the air present doesn't fleeā€“so you get a complete tank, but some air is caught inside. Modern fuel injected vehicles also have unused gas transfer lines, making the issue even more complicated. So, wait after the cut-off for a while and finish it a couple of occasions.

Keep Your Car In Check

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Tyre pressure can have a significant impact on fuel efficiency. An under inflated tyre will be harder to rotate and will result in lower efficiency. During each alternative fuel fill, a good habit is to check the pressure. At well-maintained fuel pumps, the tyre pressure gauges are calibrated. As factors such as a blocked air filter or dirty engine oil can all affect fuel efficiency, keep the car well.

Keep Your Pump In Place

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Tyre pressure can have a significant impact on fuel efficiency. An inflated tyre will be more difficult to rotate, resulting in lower efficiency. During each alternative fuel fill, a good habit is to check the pressure. The pressure gages of the tyres are calibrated at well-maintained fuel pumps. As factors such as a blocked air filter or dirty engine oil can all affect fuel efficiency, keep the car well.

Be Watchful About Drive Cycle

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Any change in the driving cycle, such as traffic and even loading of vehicles, will have an impact on fuel efficiency. If you want to check the typical performance of your car, try using the same set of conditions. Avoid long, alternating routes and detours. Try to standardize your speed and style of driving as well. Air conditioning must also be constantly set, as this contributes significantly to the economy as a whole.

Odometers And Tripmeters

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The odo registers your car's complete amount of kilometers to date, while the trip meter enables you to record a particular route you've traveled. Some vehicles also have two journey meters: Trip A and Trip B. For each fill-up, use Trip A and write down the reading along with the liters packed. Then restart the journey and each time follow the same operation. You can use Trip A to measure efficiency between each fill for longer outstation trips, where you will have multiple fills, while Trip B can be used to calculate the total efficiency of the trip.