Since fuel prices have been on the rise, most drivers have been wary. To minimize costs, many people are cutting back on the use of their cars. And most pay attention to the smallest trick to save fuel. Since solidarity is essential, there is a lot of advice and clever means on social networks to focus on smart and more economical driving. The latest trick, known as “Brake Kick”, didn’t take long to go viral. Let’s find out together what it is.
How do you put the “brake” trick into practice?
According to experts, you can save a lot of fuel by driving efficiently and intelligently. Therefore, they often recommend avoiding sudden acceleration and braking, trying as much as possible to maintain a constant speed. But what is this famous method of “braking” that everyone is currently talking about? In fact, it emphasizes letting the vehicle roll by its own inertia: Specifically, you have to take your foot off the gas and let the car roll with the gear engaged. The foot must be on the brake pedal to make the necessary corrections to adjust the speed. In this way, progressive braking is achieved with less wear on both the transmission and the clutch. Therefore, in addition to saving fuel, the life of these two basic elements of the car is extended.
Note: The “brake kick” trick can reduce the car’s fuel consumption by up to 2%. However, make sure to always drive within the legal safety distance.
Other tips to save fuel
Besides using the engine brake, there are other very useful tricks to save up to 15% on fuel. One of the most important, of course, is to avoid stops and have a good travel speed. If you keep within the speed limit, you can even use fourth gear in the city. For gasoline-powered vehicles, the optimal time to shift gears is between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm. According to the General Directorate of Road and Land Transport, the optimum speed to save fuel is 55 miles/h. Above this speed, a vehicle traveling at 75 miles per hour can consume up to 30% more. To all this must be added the importance of avoiding sudden braking, acceleration and gear changes. For deceleration, if possible, take your foot off the gas and use the engine brake.