Going on holiday, while well-worth every penny, can be quite costly. Which is why you want your fuel to go as far as possible so that you can see more places and stretch your budget as far as possible. Renting a smaller vehicle is not always the practical answer especially if it leaves no space for passengers and equipment. The best way to be a more fuel-efficient driver is to drive more efficiently. We have prepared five tips for more fuel-efficient and cost-effective driving with your rental car in Dubai. For cheap car hire that places less strain on your pocket, browse online and save.
Drive Less, Walk More
While driving around in your rental car is a lot faster than travelling on foot, it might not be a bad idea to explore the city on foot. Dubai is a busy city, but it also has a lot of unique culture and experience to offer.
If you are constantly driving around, you might miss out on some unique sights and photograph opportunities. Even if it means parking further away, walk the extra mile and you might see something worth your while.
Low the Air Conditioner
This is probably a less popular suggestion among travelers; especially if you are in Dubai. The heat in the UAE can become quite overwhelming and the air conditioning in your rental car can be seen as an oasis. But air conditioners use approximately 10% more fuel when you are travelling at speeds under 80km/h but becomes more efficient the faster you drive. So, on open highways, the air conditioning is more fuel-effective than an open window.
Check the Tyres
The answer to more efficient driving lies in checking your tyre pressure every few hundred kilometers. By ensuring that your tyres are the correct pressure you can improve your fuel consumption up to 3%. Taking care of your tyres will also give them more use and wear them slower saving you money in the long run.
Do Not Be A Reckless Driver
Apart from placing your own life in danger, you also endanger other passengers and pedestrians around you. Stick to the speed limit, do not over-accelerate your vehicle and keep a safe following distance so you do not need to brake as often. Stopping and pulling away uses more fuel than getting back to high speed from a low speed. These are all simple things but once added together over some time you will notice that you are getting more mileage out of your tank.
Avoid Traffic and Idling
Nobody likes traffic; it is not good for your frustration levels nor your fuel economy. Avoid areas which are likely to be heavily congested and take an alternate route. Often the backstreets offer some unique sights which could be worth investigating!