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There is a continuous rise in fuel prices throughout the world while people's incomes remain stagnant. PHOTO/COURTESY

The price of fuel is rising every day and people’s incomes aren’t keeping up. In Uganda today, fuel prices have almost doubled. Read on for a few tips on fuel-efficient driving.

The price of fuel is rising every day around the world while people’s incomes remain stagnant. In Uganda today, fuel prices have almost doubled, impacting everyone and every organization. 

Continue reading for some fuel-efficient driving tips.

Motor vehicles are a must-use in the day-to-day life of many people in Uganda but with the current increasing fuel prices, they are becoming very difficult to maintain on the roads every day.

With the current situation, everyone needs to know how best they can drive their vehicles while using less fuel. 

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Today, in Uganda, fuel prices have almost doubled, which has affected every household and business. PHOTO/COURTESY

You can save a lot on your fuel consumption by following these fuel-efficient driving techniques in Uganda.

  1. Accelerate gently. The harder you press the accelerator the more fuel your vehicle consumes. When you press the accelerator pedal with ease, you consume less fuel. Make yourself used to soft and smooth acceleration. You can assume you have an open glass of juice on your dashboard while driving to prevent it from pouring. 
  2. Maintain your vehicle very well. Good maintenance of your car and servicing it on time helps a lot to keep your fuel consumption low. Try to make sure that you service your car on time as recommended by the manufacturer. 
  3. Maintain a constant speed while driving. When your speeds keep increasing and reducing you use more fuel. Research has shown that varying your speeds so high and then so low increases fuel consumption by 20%. Consider maintaining a stable speed while you are driving. 
  4. Avoid idling for too long. Make sure you avoid idling as much as possible. When your car engine is running but you’re not moving, you are achieving zero kilometres per gallon. The average car with a 3-litre engine consumes 3 millilitres (more than one cup) every 10 minutes it idles. If your car remains in one place and maybe in traffic, switch off your engine to save your fuel.
  5. Avoid high speeds. Keep your vehicle’s speed low and save your fuel. Most vehicles such as station wagons, vans, pickups and trucks are the most fuel-efficient when they are travelling between 50km/h and 80km/h. when they go beyond this speed, they use more fuel as they go faster. For example, at 120km/h, your vehicle uses about 20% more fuel than when it’s moving at 100km/h. therefore the faster you drive, the higher your fuel consumption will be.
  6. Minimize the use of air conditioning. Too much use of AC while driving increases your fuel consumption. Consider using it only when it’s needed and try to keep the level of your AC down because the higher the level the more it consumes your fuel. 
  7. Replace dirty air filters or air cleaners. Most drivers in Uganda tend just blow dust out of the air cleaners when doing their car service, well this is not bad but it shouldn’t be done more than 3 times. A clean air cleaner helps your engine perform more efficiently and saves you more fuel. 
  8. Don’t carry unnecessary weight in your vehicle. Remove unwanted items in your vehicle. Only put them when you are going to use them. Stop the tendency to permanently keep items such as sports attires, salt, shoes, food items etc. Don’t make your car store. The fuel consumption of a small car increases by about 1% for every 25 kilometres of weight it carries. The less your car’s weight while travelling, the less fuel it consumes. 
  9. Always keep your windows closed while driving. Keeping your windows down while driving creates wind resistance for your vehicle. If you’re driving at low speeds of around 50km per hour it’s okay to keep your windows down. However, at higher speeds, you should keep your windows closed to reduce the wind resistance to aid your car move easily faster thereby saving you fuel. 
  10. Always maintain proper tyre inflation. Check the car owner’s manual and make sure that your car tyres are inflated to the proper pressure levels as recommended by the manufacturer. Properly inflated tyres reduce your car’s fuel consumption by 5%. So make it a point to check your car tyre pressure at least monthly. 
  11. Learn to combine trips. Try to efficiently make your trips on a planned schedule. For example, if you have to do something in town on Tuesday and Thursday you have a meeting in town, postpone your Tuesday assignment and do it on Thursday after your important meeting. This means that you will drive only one trip instead of two and in the end, you are saving too much fuel for yourself to use on another day. 
  12. Remove roof racks and unnecessary heavy guards from your vehicle. Some people especially in Uganda tend to put roof racks and guards even on small vehicles. Please note that these increase the weight of your vehicle and they consume extra fuel daily unknowingly. 
  13. Anticipate traffic. Know which roads to use at certain times, some roads have traffic in the morning hours while others in the evening hours. Always try to avoid roads which have too much traffic because driving in traffic consumes more fuel because the car takes too much time idling while it’s not moving. 
  14. Drive less. Learn to drive only when necessary, and learn to use public means if possible. If you are going to a very busy place it is even hard to get parking space for your vehicle, there is no harm to using public means especially if you not even carrying any luggage with you. This saves you a lot of fuel which can be used while doing other difficult tasks that need to be accomplished with a car. 

When you put some of those points into action, you will save a lot of fuel for yourself and in the end, it will save you more money to do more other things.