Car fuel wasters and saving tricks is what people have been yearning for, so i put this together to help out.

Fuel economy is something people look out for when they want to buy cars because it is such a very important factor.

This might be difficult when buying used cars because, even the most fuel efficient car may have had several faults and gone through a lot that it starts to consume fuel excessively. In this post, i will share with you those factors that contribute to fuel wastage in cars and tips that you use to save fuel.



The following are the common fuel wasters in vehicles that many people don’t know about. They can easily be solved with the usual car maintenance. Unfortunately, many of us don’t take our cars for checks and regular maintenance (except the usual engine servicing).

Let me start by telling you to be watchful of the fuel station you use. Again, fuel from different sources tend to burn out at considerably different rates. I have noticed it when my route was just the same over a period of one year.

1. Under-inflated tyres & Bad Wheel Alignment:

This may appear unlikely to many but the truth of the matter is that under-inflate tyres and incorrect wheel alignment can increase rolling resistance of tyres. This condition can cost you a mile or two per gallon on a car that normally delivers 20 miles per gallon of fuel.

Gauge your tyres often and inflate them if need be. Bad wheel alignment should be fixed as soon as possible. These factors not only affect fuel consumption but also safety and tyre life. In countries like Nigeria where people buy used tyres, it is good to check factors such as the tyre ratings and year of manufacture.

2. Keep Your Air Filter Clean

When air filter is full of dirt and dusts, it gets clogged. This chokes off air and creates a condition that is called a  “rich” mixture – too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which both wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power.

Experts have shown that replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. This is not small at all.

3. Check And Replace Spark Plugs

You need to check your spark plugs regularly and replace them if they are dirty. Depending on your type of car, you can have spark plugs ranging from four to eight. Sparking of plugs result in a lot of heat, electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring and that wastes fuel.

4. Fix your own driving habits too

Yes, you too can contribute a lot to fuel wastage. Idling gives you 0 miles per gallon, please avoid it. Turn your engine off if you are going to be stopped in traffic for 15 seconds or longer. If you park your car waiting for someone, turn off the engine. I have seen people leave the engine on while waiting for people, you can save fuel by turning it off.

5. Don’t carry Stuffs About

You should avoid carrying unnecessary items in the booth of your car, especially if they are heavy. If you are not a delivery guy, why waste fuel carrying loads. I have a friend that is  guilty of this. He would get get 25 to life if this was a crime. Do you know that an extra 45kg in the trunk reduces a typical car’s fuel economy by 1-2 percent.

6. Car Maintenance

Regularly changing your motor oil can also help save fuel. Dirty oil can reduce fuel economy up to 1.6km per 3.79Liters! Take your vehicle for regular schedules, brake inspections and maintenance as dragging brakes can waste car fuel.

These tips will help you save considerable fuel if you follow them and adjust your driving habits too.

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