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Fuel Management Tips For Your Car

Whether there is an economy slowdown or an economy boost, one commodity that has continued to get expensive with time is petrol and diesel. There is no other way to deal with rising fuel prices, except for ensuring that your vehicle covers more distance for every litre of fuel.

With a few simple habit changes and efficient driving measures, you can actually manage your fuel usage in a much better way. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Speed-up Gradually

A vehicle uses the most amount of fuel while gaining speed from a stationary position. Therefore, in order to reduce fuel consumption of your vehicle, use the least possible throttle. Instead of accelerating from zero to 100 in one go, increase the speed in a gradual and steady manner.

Plan Ahead

Driving in traffic is not mileage friendly. You have to stop and accelerate the vehicle multiple times. While there is not much you can do to cut the traffic, you can observe the flow of the traffic and plan ahead to avoid unnecessary braking or acceleration. For example, if there is a red light at a few hundred meters, you can slow down and allow the vehicle to stop without applying brakes at the last minute.

Switch off the Engine for Long Halts

Unlike old cars, modern cars are light on the engine and do not consume too much fuel if you restart them often. Therefore, if you are waiting for that signal to turn green or stuck in traffic, simply turn off the engine. Excessive idling consumes way more fuel from your engine.

Check Tyres Regularly for Air Pressure

Air pressure plays a very important role in achieving good fuel mileage. A decrease in the tyre pressure can increase resistance, thereby, putting an added load on the engine and in turn increasing the fuel usage. Therefore, it is very important to get the tyres checked for pressure and alignment from time to time. This is especially before going on long drives.

Use Only Best Quality Fuel

In the Indian context, you can find different kinds of fuel at a fueling station. Sometimes, better quality fuels might cost you slightly higher. However, they give better mileage and keep the engine healthy, saving you money in the long run.

Get Your Vehicle Insured

This might sound out-of-context but it really isn’t. A very important aspect for better fuel management is to have a healthy vehicle and engine. In order to ensure this, it is crucial to have regular maintenance of vehicles at good garages.

Having car insurance that pays for regular maintenance of the vehicle will ensure that you do not shy away from sending your car to the garage. Have a fixed schedule for car maintenance to ensure it runs smoothly and offers good fuel efficiency.


The amount of fuel consumed by a vehicle depends upon many factors. While some factors are beyond your control, you can work on the above-mentioned points to increase your fuel efficiency. Changing your driving style, ensuring your tyres have the correct alignment and keeping your engine healthy will not only give you better mileage but will also enhance your overall driving experience.

Disclaimer: The above information is for illustrative purpose only. For more details, please refer to policy wordings and prospectus before concluding the sales.

This blog has been written by

Mukesh Kumar| Motor Insurance Expert |36+ years of experience in insurance industry

A veteran in the insurance industry, Mukesh Kumar has the expertise of handling various functions like Business Development, Underwriting, Claims, Human Resources, Quality Management and Marketing. With rich knowledge of the industry, he loves to share his views on topics of insurance sector and takes special interest in educating people on advantages of having insurance.

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