Driving efficiently in higher gears

Driving a car at higher gears puts lesser strain on your engine here's how

 

Higher gears
Driving in higher gears

 

 

Any car, when driven at lower RPMs and at higher gears will juice out a fantastic average that one can proudly boast of. This can be achieved by gradual but swift shifting from first gear to the top. Remember, a higher gear shift lets you drive faster but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to. You can continue maintaining your usual 45 - 55 km/h and engage overdrive without needing to accelerate. The result is a much lower engine speed and, hence, less fuel is burnt.

Many a time, people drive in a lower gear and at a higher speed, causing the engine to strain at higher RPMs before shifting up. This is a wrong practice and must be avoided if you care about fuel efficiency.

In case of automatic cars, it is essential to keep a light foot on the accelerator to juice out a good average as the automatic gearbox in a car will down shift a gear if you press the accelerator more than necessary, which will be a lot of fun no doubt but will lead to really higher fuel consumption.

Posted on 10 Feb 2012
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