Want ultimate fuel efficiency from your car? Learn the tricks of the trade from pros Gary Williams Jr. and David Jurca. Master their techniques and you might just be ready to showcase your skills in TDI Tank Wars, the fun, fuel-efficiency challenge for TDI Clean Diesels. At the least, you'll be adding miles between every fill up.
40 Fuel Economy Tips & Factors Affecting Your Car's Fuel Efficiency. Improve Gas Mileage.
40 FUEL ECONOMY TIPS
TIP NUMBER 1: Do not exceed the indicated speed limit.
TIP NUMBER 2: Do not open your window when travelling especially at high
TIP NUMBER 3: Avoid packing items on top of your car.
TIP NUMBER 4: Take the aerodynamic shape of your vehicle into account when
buying your vehicle.
TIP NUMBER 5: Inflate your tyres properly.
TIP NUMBER 6: Prefer rib type tyres which are better with regard to rolling
resistance than block type tyres. Choose low aspect ratio tyres which are
stiffer, allowing for less flexing under load, thus they typically have
lower rolling resistance compared to high aspect ratio tyres.
TIP NUMBER 7: Buy second hand, good condition tires.
TIP NUMBER 8: Choose a vehicle suitable for your needs. Do you really need
a power-hungry car?
TIP NUMBER 9: Using 4-wheel drive reduces fuel economy. Prefer to use
2-wheel drive cars.
TIP NUMBER 10: Remove the excessive weight from your vehicle.
TIP NUMBER 11: Fuel also contributes to weight.
TIP NUMBER 12: Plan your journey more wisely. Take the amount of traffic,
possibly congested routes and the time of the day into account.
TIP NUMBER 13: In cold weather, wait for the engine to warm up a bit.
TIP NUMBER 14: Incorrect axle alignment influences rolling resistance and
increases fuel consumption.
TIP NUMBER 15: Prefer not to drive when raining due to water drag effect as
you drive on the road.
TIP NUMBER 16: Stop aggressive driving.
TIP NUMBER 17: Do not over-rev.
TIP NUMBER 18: Gear fast, run slow and accelerate slowly.
TIP NUMBER 19: Avoid unnecessary idling. Turn off the engine if you
anticipate a wait.
TIP NUMBER 20: Use overdrive gears and cruise control when appropriate.
TIP NUMBER 21: Any electrical equipment in use worsens the fuel economy of
the vehicle with air conditioning being the biggest culprit.
TIP NUMBER 22: Exploit the force of gravity when going down the hills.
TIP NUMBER 23: Avoid coming to a complete stop whenever possible.
TIP NUMBER 24: When approaching red traffic lights, either let the car roll
itself on gear or select the neutral gear to roll it.
TIP NUMBER 25: Keep your engine tuned. Tuning your engine according to your
owner's manual can increase gas mileage by an average of 4%.
TIP NUMBER 26: Change your oil regularly.
TIP NUMBER 27: Check and replace air filters regularly.
TIP NUMBER 28: Consider the alternative vehicles.
TIP NUMBER 29: Hybrid Electric Vehicles offer another option for car
buyers. These vehicles combine the benefits of gasoline engines and
electric motors and can be configured to achieve different objectives, such
as improved fuel economy and increased power.
TIP NUMBER 30: Consider using the public transport such as underground,
overground or bus.
TIP NUMBER 31: Use a bicycle or just walk if your destination is near.
TIP NUMBER 32: Get in the habit of saving all your fuel receipts, recording
distance travelled and fuel economy (MPG).
TIP NUMBER 33: Leave for your destination a little early so you don't feel
pressure to drive faster, brake
later and otherwise fall back into bad habits.
TIP NUMBER 34: Travelling at a constant speed on a freeway within a flow of
traffic (in the same direction) is more efficient than going the same speed
TIP NUMBER 35: If you regularly travel the same roads, make an effort to
TIP NUMBER 36: In multi-lane traffic, choose the "lane of least resistance"
to avoid unnecessary and unpredictable braking/changes in speed.
TIP NUMBER 37: Parking in the shade will keep the inside of your vehicle
cooler, which can help you minimize use of air conditioning.
TIP NUMBER 38: Maintain appropriate following distance to prevent constant
brakes which will reduce your speed.
TIP NUMBER 39: New forced induction engines tend to use less fuel than
their naturally aspirated cousins. Forced induction includes any type of turbocharger or Supercharger that forces air into the combustion
TIP NUMBER 40: Constantly investigate to find out new ways to improve fuel
And SOME MORE TIPS:
TIP NUMBER 41: Rough asphalt increases tyre losses by ~ 7% compared to
TIP NUMBER 42: Do not change gears excessively. Use brakes to slow down.
TIP NUMBER 43: Low gears shifted at low revs give max torque. Higher gears
at higher revs give max power. So use torque or power depending on the
TIP NUMBER 44: Changing to small diameter drive tyres increases engine RPM
but may disturb fuel economy.
TIP NUMBER 45: Share your car with family members or friends. If 5 people
are going to the same destination, it is sensible to use just one car
rather than more.
2010 VW Golf TDI
Cars.com's Mike Hanley takes a look at the 2010 VW Golf TDI. It competes
with the Mazda Mazda3 hatchback, Honda Fit and Mini Cooper.
Produced by: Eric Rossi
Videographer: Matthew Avery
Jetta Takes on Prius: Toyota Prius vs. VW Jetta TDI Diesel
MORE ON HYBRID VS. DIESEL @ INSIDELINE.COM:
We were locked in mortal combat, just as adrenaline-addled Leonidas and
hubris-filled Xerxes met at the Battle of Thermopylae, when a relative
handful of highly specialized Spartans held off a seemingly bottomless
torque-pit of Persians for seven excruciating days.
Here we have the 2009 Toyota Prius gasoline-electric hybrid, embodying
up-to-the-minute fuel-sipping methods and machinery intended to take us
immaculately into a spotless future. In the other lane, the newly
introduced 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI turbodiesel, a rolling relic of tried-and-true
yester-tech locomotion (upon whose sooty breath the Industrial Revolution
itself was built) that has been remastered, reengineered and reintroduced
to be meaner, cleaner and more efficient than ever.
But the battle left us weary — done in by the struggle and tired of each
other like Siamese twins on prom night.
Volkswagen TDI's Cold Start, Or Not
After 4 days of sitting and a few nights of -25 I thought we would see if
the VW's would start, They are extremely reliable cars but like any diesel
winter and starting do not go along. I didnt push them simply because I did
not want to kill the battery. 2001 golf tdi with 315000km's and 2003 jetta
VW Jetta TDI / Banks Power Mods
http://MPGomatic.com takes Bosch's Gale Banks modified 2009 VW Jetta TDI
clean diesel out for a couple of laps around Pocono Raceway in the rain.
Mods include intake, Exhaust, ECU,
suspension bits. Video shot 9.11.09.
DRIVE Volkswagen Jetta TDI
You don't have to buy a hybrid to get good fuel economy. For enthusiasts
who want to tread lighter, VW offers up the Jetta TDI. Like all modern
diesel engines it's clean, quiet and efficient. Tom Voelk takes a look at
this different way to go green.
Everyone remembers yesterday's diesels had trouble starting in the cold.
But Volkswagen claims its TDI Clean Diesels' direct injection technology
allows them to start at temperatures down to -40°. To put them to the
test, the company wheeled a new Golf TDI into a freezer to simulate the
winter temperatures of Yakutsk, Siberia, the world's coldest city. More
surprising than the results is that Volkswagen claims the TDI could have
gone even colder, but was limited by safety concerns for those conducting
More from http://www.TDITruthandDare.com Productions
Jetta vs. Prius Showdown - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqfsLcSUIJo
Diesel Decaf - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvt7Wrjwc-Q
Panic Handle - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN9fBTWvsDw
US Army FED: Fuel Efficient Demonstrator Prototype Military Vehicle
US Army FED: Fuel Efficient Demonstrator Prototype Military Vehicle. Dr
Grace Bochenek, CTO of the US Army Materiel Command, brings the Army's
latest prototype vehicle to the MotoMan studio. MotoMan goes through
everything from soldier protection to fuel efficiency with the people that
developed the FED and then takes it for a neighborhood spin . . .
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Brand New VW GOLF TDI Diesel Cold Weather Starting Test
SOUTHLAND VOLKSWAGEN in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada tests the cold
weather starting of a BRAND NEW VW Golf TDI Diesel at -30. This diesel car
had been sitting outside at this temperature for several days and was not
plugged in or started during this time.
2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI Test Drive Impressions
In my care for a week, I give this Golf TDI high marks with the caveat that
it is offered at a premium price. Given the dearth in the market of other
diesel cars, this is about as cheap as it gets. Nice car, just wish it had
a few more bells and whistles for the price.
REVIEW - Jetta TDI Sport Wagon - Clean Diesel
Driving review of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sport Wagon. The space of
an SUV, the handling of a sports sedan and 42 mpg on the highway make this
one of the best choices on the road. See the road trips, interior and
exterior shots and impressions from reviewer Mike Febbo.