Rising gasoline prices
Consumers can save on driving with these tips
Gasoline prices are heading towards an all-time high. So it is high time to take note of a few tips to reduce consumption.
If this continues, gasoline and diesel prices in Germany will soon reach their all-time high. One liter of Super E10 is currently an average of 1.647 euros. For a liter of diesel, consumers pay an average of 1.526 euros, as the ADAC has determined. The all-time highs date from 2012 and are 1.709 euros for Super E10 and 1.554 euros for diesel. So it is high time to drive as economically as possible. But how?
Save even before the trip
Regardless of whether you are going on vacation or just going to the neighboring city: Drivers should avoid driving around unnecessary weight in the car. According to the ADAC, an additional load of 100 kilograms can increase consumption by up to 0.3 liters. This has a particular effect in city traffic, where people often start up and accelerate. Bicycle racks and the like that are not likely to be used for a long time can also be removed.
Drive with foresight
The driving style can also have an impact on fuel consumption. The ACE Auto Club Europa advises driving at the lowest possible speed, shifting into a higher gear early, adapting to the traffic and avoiding unnecessary braking. In addition, consumers should keep a constant speed as possible. Accordingly, significantly less fuel is used if you drive 130 km / h on the motorway for around an hour, for example, than if you drive 100 km / h for an hour and 160 km / h for half an hour. However, a speed of around 110 km / h is recommended.
Just turn off the engine
Many drivers often leave the engine running in traffic jams, at traffic lights or while waiting for a friend. However, this can also lead to a significantly increased consumption. According to TÜV Nord, an engine consumes between 0.8 liters and 1.5 liters per hour when idling.
Check the tires
Energy-saving tires also reduce consumption, but the tire pressure has to be right, regardless of which tires are used. The ACE Auto Club Europa warns: If there is only 0.5 bar less in the tire than specified by the manufacturer, fuel consumption can increase by around five percent.
Switch off unnecessary functions
Air conditioning, heated seats, radio and other functions consume energy that has to be generated by the vehicle. According to the ADAC, depending on the model, an activated air conditioning system alone can result in additional consumption of around 0.3 to 1.5 liters per 100 kilometers. Now, when the cold season approaches, many should also use parking heaters. The consumption here is around 0.2 to 0.5 liters per hour.
Bonus tip: do without the car
The best way to save fuel actually has nothing to do with the car. Because if you have the opportunity, you should simply leave the vehicle behind. For example, if a consumer just needs to go to the supermarket quickly to buy a few small items, a bicycle is an ideal solution in many cases.