Challenge #8 ~ Smart Driving

Read the blog post on the April Theme – TRANSPORTATION

We love our cars; we depend on them here in Qatar and we can show off. Driving styles are as diverse as Qatar’s population, making driving more like a dance as we move around each other and through constantly changing traffic patterns. We accelerate and brake, accelerate and brake which uses more fuel and lowers mileage by roughly 15% to 30% at highway speeds and 10% to 40% in stop-and-go traffic.

Even though fuel prices are rising they are still cheap compared worldwide. So, does it matter how we drive? YES, fuel-efficient driving is a smart investment – saving your car and your health. For best efficiency, maintain a fairly constant speed, avoiding excessive accelerating and braking.

Did you know?

  • Speeding uses more fuel as well. The faster you travel, the more wind resistance you’ll encounter, and the more fuel your vehicle will consume just to maintain speed. Traveling at 110km/h uses up to 25% more fuel than cruising at 90km/h. Depending on the car, for city driving, around 60km/h is the most fuel-efficient speed. Slow down, enjoy the scenery, and use less fuel in the process.
  • Travel outside of peak times and avoid known areas of heavy traffic; you’ll spend less time stuck in queues and slow-moving traffic and consume less fuel.
  • The air filter keeps impurities from damaging your engine.  Replace a clogged air filter to improve fuel economy by as much as 10%.
  • For every extra 45 kilograms carried in a car, the fuel efficiency can drop by 2%. Keep your car clear of any unnecessary items to save on fuel.

Sources:

  1. Oak Ridge National Laboratory Sensible driving saves more gas than drivers think, accessed 23 Feb 2019
  2. Greenfleet, Top 15 Tips to Reduce Emissions While Driving, accessed 23 Feb 2019