One of the reasons why some travelers decide to do without renting a vehicle during their holidays has to do with the available budget. Although choosing affordable rental cars helps reduce the final bill, there is also another variable in this equation: fuel. Luckily, there are tricks to save on petrol while driving, which will help you enjoy a well-deserved rest without being concerned about cash.
Of course, these savings tips are also valid if you choose a diesel rental vehicle, although the price of fuel in this case is cheaper. Take note!
Plan your road trip well
Although some believe it is unnecessary to insist on this aspect, experience tells us that many drivers end up falling into the same error: relying on GPS too much and not studying the route before getting behind the wheel. It is clear that new technologies make our lives easier, but they are not infallible (without going any further, they do not always reflect possible changes in traffic routes due to roadworks). Therefore, consulting the route and possible alternatives in advance will help you reach your destination in the fastest, safest and easiest way, thus reducing the risk of taking a longer route than necessary. And although you will probably keep it in mind, we must not lose sight of the fact that the shortest route is not always the one with the lowest fuel consumption, since other factors are also involved: layout, slope, urban areas, etc.
Avoid driving on a low tank
We know that the only concern during your next getaway should be to fully enjoy the chosen destination. Now, minimal planning is essential to avoid shocks: for example, having to make use of the whole fuel supply because there are no gas stations on the way. This is not only risky for obvious reasons – definitely, it is not to anybody’s taste to run out of gas several kilometers from the nearest town – it will also increase your fuel consumption. Why? Simply because of the greater presence of air in the tank, which increases the evaporation of gasoline. In addition, when the amount of gasoline is low, the pump sucks more dirt that accumulates in the bottom.
When refueling, follow this little trick to consume less fuel
When filling the tank, do so by applying medium pressure to the hose trigger. It is important to avoid pressing as much as possible, as this will generate more gases, which will increase the evaporation of the fuel. When you finish, without pressing the button, turn the nozzle so that the accumulated gasoline or diesel drops in. Although this is not the measure that will provide you with more savings, it all adds up (a grain does not make a barn, but it helps, as our grandmothers would say).
Check the tire pressure
Driving with wheels that have the right amount of air is not only an essential safety precaution: it is also a matter of savings. If the tires have not been properly inflated, this will increase friction on the tarmac. Therefore, the engine will need to make a greater effort to overcome this resistance, which can increase fuel consumption by up to 20%. In fact, driving with a pressure of 0.5 bar lower than recommended reduces fuel efficiency between 2% and 4% in urban and suburban areas, respectively. Although it is a rental car – for example, if you choose our rent-a-car service in Majorca, the ROIG team will ensure that your vehicle is in perfect condition when we deliver it to you – it is worth checking If the wheels are inflated correctly before starting up.
Avoid excess baggage
In this case, less is more too. Being cautious and being prepared for mishaps is a virtue, no doubt, but we must not overdo it. By carrying only what is necessary for your road trips around Majorca in your rental car – or wherever you want -, you will also save money on fuel consumption. To do this, leave all your luggage in the hotel or apartment where you are staying and, if you are not thinking about going on a cycling route, disassemble the roof rack, the bike rack and everything you do not need on your excursions. Thus, your vehicle will be much more aerodynamic, which will help your last refueling cover you much more. Here’s a fact: transporting an unnecessary weight of 100 kilos will increase gasoline consumption by 6%.