We've written plenty of posts about fuel efficiency since we kicked off the PumpTalk blog seven years back. But something we haven't really addressed are some of the "fuel saving myths" that have found their way into popular culture over the years.
I thought we'd post a round up of our favourite fuel efficiency myths below, to set the record straight on how to achieve optimum fuel efficiency for your vehicle.
Myth: The smaller the vehicle, the better the fuel efficiency.
Reality: Size still matters but with recent advances in new car technologies and lighter manufacturing materials, some of today's larger vehicles do just as well as smaller ones when it comes to fuel economy.
Myth: Over-inflating your tires will increase your car's fuel efficiency.
Reality: Tires do have a key role to play in fuel efficiency; in fact, every five pounds per square inch (psi) of tire pressure you lose can translate into a two per cent loss of gas mileage. But over-inflating the tires merely reduces the handling of your car and can make for a bumpier ride. Plus, with over-full tire, you could risk bursting your tires. Instead, check your tires montly to make sure they are always inflated to the recommended pressure.
Check our Tire Inflation post for tips on keeping tabs on your tire pressure.