Ten to fifteen per cent fuel (petrol and diesel) can easily be saved by the scooterists, taxi operators and bus drives by following operators and bus services b y following the measures.
a) Drive vehicles between the speeds of 40-60 kmph, which is considered the ideal driving speed. Beyond this speed extra fuel is burnt. About 40 per cent extra mileage can be achieved by driving at 40 kmph against 80 kmph.
b) A void frequent and unnecessary increase and decrease and braking by keeping in mind the stops and curves about which you know. Even on new routes anticipate these.
c) Drive slowly and steadily
d) Observe correct gear shifting and save 20 per cent fuel. For Indian cars this schedule.
1) City area driving – A) change to second gear at 11kmph. B) Change to third gear 17 kmph. C) Change to fourth gear 25 kmph.
2) In the Highway road – change higher gears at double the speed given above i.e. : 22 kmph, 34 kmph and 50 kmph for second third fourth respectively.
3) For driving in hills or with heavy loads- change only while changing the gears. Else it will damage clutch lining and cost extra fuel.
4) At railway crossings, red lights and other areas of congestion, where vehicle has stop nearly a minute or more. Switch off the vehicle. Always keep the starts battery, fan belt etc. in good working condition.
5) Take a less congested route in rush hours. In congested areas fuel consumption is double.
6) Share vehicles with others when going in the same direction. `pool’ system is best for this purpose if three persons daily go to an office in the same direction and use three vehicles, they can save fuel by riding in a single car by run.