Diesel engines are 30 to 40 percent more efficient than other engines, but if you want even more efficiency, there are a few things that you can do. Whether you're in the market for a new car or trying to save fuel with your current vehicle, these tips are designed to help.
1. Combine Diesel With Electric
If you are in the market for a new vehicle with a diesel engine, you may want to look at a hybrid. There are vehicles that combine electric drive systems with diesel engines, and arguably, they get more mileage than many other types of cars and certainly more than a diesel engine on its own.
2. Don't Buy More Than You Need
There are diesel engines in a range of vehicles. Some people need large vehicles for towing, while others may just need a small vehicle for buying groceries or driving to work. When shopping for a new vehicle, make sure to buy what you need.
For instance, if you only need a ute once or twice a year, you waste fuel if you drive one every day. Instead, consider a smaller car and hire a ute on the rare occasion when you need one.
3. Avoid Stop-and-Go Traffic
The more your vehicle is stopping and starting, the more fuel you waste. That's true whether you have a petrol or diesel engine. To avoid stop-and-go traffic, try to map out routes that focus on highways and main roads. Also, consider using a traffic app so you can monitor where traffic is flowing the best and adjust your route accordingly.
If you have to deal with stop-and-go or city traffic, make sure you use the right tactics. Try to maintain a steady speed as much as possible. Don't slam on the brakes, but instead gently stop. Also, don't push the pedal to the floor; instead, always gently go forward.
4. Watch for Updates
There are lots of people working on ways to make diesel engines and cars in general more energy efficient, and it's important to keep up on the trends. That way, if you need to buy a new vehicle or replace your diesel engine, you know what to look for in the marketplace.
For instance, one inventor recently created an engine modification system that boosts fuel economy by 7% while also decreasing engine wear by 96%. The system heats up the oil. That allows it to move through the engine more easily, and as a result, the engine doesn't have to work as hard, and energy is conserved. Although it's not available on the market, inventions like this help to see what may be available in the near future.