WAYS TO SAVE FUEL: Idle Reduction
With fuel costs constantly rising and falling on a global scale, one can say that owning and keeping a car is simply not that easy. Apart from the repair and service maintenance expenses, you always have to set a budget for fuel, regardless. As long as you have your car, that expense will always be there. That is why, people are now more proactive in seeking ways to cut down car operation expenses.
And one effective way for us to save money on petrol costs and at the same time lessen the need to use up more fuel resources is, IDLE REDUCTION. According to experts, this practice of reducing the amount of time an engine idles unnecessarily brings about lots of benefits like cost savings, less pollution, and reduced noise. When we let our vehicles idle, we make our engines use up more fuel and eventually let them wear out faster. As a matter of fact, in the US alone, more than 6 billion gallons of diesel and gasoline are consumed without even moving; and half of all that fuel is wasted by passenger vehicles.
Thankfully, there are lots of things we can do to reduce idling without compromising our driving comfort or travel plans. That’s where we now come in. As you all know, as Rapid Car Removal is a leading provider of instant cash for cars and car removal services, we are all for protecting Mother Nature from the negative impacts brought about by automobiles. So with that, our team of expert car wreckers, mechanics, and recyclers has come up with some tips so you could, in your own little way, participate in the idle reduction movement to save fuel…
Sadly, light-duty fleet drivers and owners of passenger cars have become so accustomed to idling their vehicles for a multitude of reasons; not because they do not know about its disadvantages and harmful effects, but because sometimes, they are so just engrossed about their own busy and complicated lives, that even caring for idle time, increased emissions, and wasted fuel is even too much for them to add to their daily responsibilities. Idling normally occurs when you:
- are fetching or waiting for someone
- ask a passenger of yours to go get or buy something as you wait for him/her in the car
- just need to drop off something and you wouldn’t want to turn off your car’s A/C
- have bought some food from a drive-thru restaurant and for some reason you can’t bring that with you; so you need to finish the food inside the car before leaving
- saw a mate passing by while you drive around town and stop for a while to do some chit-chat, but you’re too lazy to find decent parking and get off your car
All these and a whole lot more says that all of us are indeed guilty of idling.
Now there are only two things that will help effectively reduce idling in passenger cars and light-duty commercial vehicles: modifying driving behaviors and using advanced technology.
Change your driving habits.
It should be of common sense that the primary idle reduction strategy is to turn off our engines when parked or when we know that we’re stopping for a few minutes in some place. But since most of us are just too stubborn to follow this simple rule, we just listed more specific tips to reiterate and help you get into that habit of turning off your vehicles, except in heavy traffic:
- Obey signs that tell you you’re in a IDLE-FREE zone (like in schools, office buildings, etc.)
- Avoid buying drive-thru food. Park your car and get food-to-go instead.
- Although they’re so convenient, avoid using remote starters for your high-tech cars. They really encourage unnecessary idling.
- If you’re fetching someone and you arrived early, search for a nice parking spot and wait for that person in some place other than inside your car.
- Even if you know your errand just takes about 1-2 minutes, never leave your car engine turned on. Park it somewhere and just go back.
- Avoid doing unnecessary things inside your car like doing makeup, eating, sending emails, or doing work – which make you stop your car (while it’s turned on) somewhere so you could finish that task easily. If you really must, turn off your engine.
- Finally, you may consider getting an eco-friendly/electric car or one that has an automatic start/stop technology.
Invest in Modern Idle-reduction Technologies
Fortunately, there are now advanced technologies and systems that could help even common passenger vehicles to reduce idling. Some of these are:
1. Auxiliary Power Systems – these provide heating, cooling, and electronic device power even without having to run the car’s engine. They are actually now being used in police vehicles. These systems can be powered by lead acid or lithium-ion batteries that are charged while the car engine is used during driving.
2. Air Heaters – for drivers/owners of taxis and limousines that often need to idle because passenger compartment warmth is needed during cold seasons, they don’t need to idle unnecessarily anymore. They might consider getting these air heaters. They use very little amounts of fuel to operate.
3. Automatic Power Management Systems – these allow the driver to turn off the car engine and just use battery power in order to use the HVAC system and not compromise passenger comfort. Even if these use up battery power, they don’t really deplete your batteries that much. The system monitors battery power levels while your engine is off. When it detects that your battery’s state falls below the recommended level, it restarts your engine automatically until the time your battery can be used for it again.
4. Waste Heat Recovery Systems – another one to keep your driver and passenger/s warm is to invest in this kind of technology. It uses the vehicle’s heat-transfer system. A small electric pump that is connected to the water line keeps the cooling and heating system operating even after the engine is turned off. Simply put, energy recovery systems keep the passenger compartment warm.
There are actually more kinds of add-on car systems you could invest in so you could reduce idling. Just research and look for one that really fits your driving habits and budget.
Does your car simply just waste more fuel even if you do your very best to do idle reduction? Then maybe it’s not you anymore – it’s your car. You might be overlooking the fact that your car is too old and damaged already that’s why it’s not fuel efficient anymore. Then if that’s the case, let us, Rapid Car Removal, take it off your hands already. We are Melbourne’s leading car buyers who have been in the business for two long decades. Allow us to simply take your old ride to a place where it could be of more help to the environment.