How do I get better fuel economy?
You can save fuel and get more kilometres from your car per tank if you follow these suggestions:
- Drive smoothly. Accelerate at a moderate rate. If possible, avoid fast starts or full throttle shifts, and maintain a steady cruising speed. Try to adjust your speed to that of the other traffic so you do not have to change speeds unnecessarily. Avoid heavy traffic whenever possible. Always maintain a safe distance from other vehicles so you can avoid unnecessary braking.
- Drive at a moderate speed. The faster you drive, the more fuel your car uses. Driving at a moderate speed, especially on the highway, is one of the most effective ways to reduce fuel consumption.
- Don’t “ride” the brake or clutch pedal. This can increase fuel consumption and also increase wear on these components.
- Take care of your tires. Keep tires inflated to the recommended pressure. Check the tire pressures at least once a month.
- Be sure that the wheels are aligned correctly. Improper alignment can result from hitting curbs or driving too fast over irregular surfaces. Poor alignment causes faster tire wear and may result in greater fuel consumption.
- Keep your car in good condition. For better fuel economy, maintain your car in accordance with the maintenance schedule in the vehicle Owner’s Manual. If you drive your car in severe conditions, more frequent maintenance is required (see Scheduled Maintenance section for more details).
- Keep your car clean. For maximum service, your Hyundai should be kept clean and free of corrosive materials. It is especially important that mud, dirt, ice, etc., not be allowed to accumulate on the underside of the car. This extra weight can result in increased fuel consumption and also contribute to corrosion.
- Travel lightly. Don’t carry unnecessary weight in your car. Weight reduces fuel economy.
- Don’t let the engine idle longer than necessary. Reduce idling time whenever possible.
- Remember, your Hyundai vehicle does not require extended warm-up. After the engine has started, allow the engine to run for 10 to 20 seconds prior to placing the vehicle in gear. In very cold weather, however, give your engine a slightly longer warm-up period, between 60-90 seconds.
- >Don’t “lug” or “over-rev” the engine. Lugging is driving too slowly in too high a gear resulting in the engine bucking. If this happens, shift to a lower gear. Over-revving is racing the engine beyond its safe limit. This can be avoided by shifting at the recommended speeds.
- Use your air conditioning sparingly. Using the air conditioning system can reduce fuel economy.