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Good Hygiene Practices for Drivers

According to ABC News, cars are the moldiest of all forms of transportation. Good hygiene should be practised by drivers so that drivers can have a peaceful ride. Rented cars are usually cleaned once in a while by car rental companies. However, the vacuuming of the car interior does not remove the bacteria and germs that reside within. Furthermore, you do not know how the previous car hirer had used the car.

Here are some some advices on good hygiene practices for drivers like you when you rent a car:

Avoid Eating in Car

Food and beverages spill and stains may look harmless but they are a haven for bacteria. The best way to prevent this from happening is to avoid eating in car.

Use Seat Covers

On the car seat, hundreds of thousands of bacteria and mold are present. This includes child seats. This arose due to the moisture from perspiration of driver and also the warmth of the car.

You might consider using seat covers so that you can wash it regularly to prevent accumulation of harmful microorganisms in the car.

Detox your Car Airconditioner

The quality of air that you breathe in largely depends on the car ventilation, in particularly the car airconditioner.

Air-conditioning should be run on the “outside air” setting, as opposed to the recirculated setting as often as possible. This allows the system to pull in new air and get rid of old moisture (which reduces the chances of contamination).

The “max” setting is going to give you recirculated air and should only be used on brutally hot days–and only until you get comfortable.

Never leave the AC set on “max” while the engine is off. This keeps the vents closed and doesn’t allow outside air to get in. The heat created by a closed system combined with the moisture produces a virtual greenhouse for bacteria and fungi.

When you use the AC, there should be water draining from under the car. No water runoff means that the drain hole is blocked and the evaporator is not drying out, creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.

Equip your Car with anti-bacteria wipes

Most people don’t realize their cars are perfect breeding grounds for germs. You would think the steering wheel would attract the most bacteria, but the dashboard is one of the leading “hot” spots. Not only is it the warmest place in the car, air vents also draw bacteria via the air circulation system.

If you are renting a car for a long duration, do clean the dashboard, steering wheel, handgear, and other parts of the car with anti-bacteria wipes or other disinfectants on a weekly basis. It is good to also clean the car immediately after renting so that you can have a peaceful ride.

Saving Petrol – An Overview

Engine
Ensure that your engine is in proper working condition. This would reduce the fuel required to work the engine. Regular servicing would obtain maximum efficiency for the vehicle. A dirty engine could increase fuel consumption by 10 to 20% while a clogged air filter increases 10% of fuel consumption. The air filter and the fuel filter should be kept clean. Use new filters if required. Installing an oxygen sensor could improve mileage by almost 15%.

Feed multi-grade oil to your engine because it reduces drag. Change the oil regularly. Certain engines work optimally with different kinds or grades of fuel so do refer to the vehicle manual.

Avoid running engine idle for a long time. The engine warms up faster while driving so there is no need to wait for it to warm up before moving off. If your engine uses petrol as fuel than it’s more efficient to turn off the engine than to run it idle for more than 30 sec.

Go for the four-cylinder engine rather than going for V6 or V8. Light cars consume less fuel than large vehicles. Before buying a new vehicle look at its rated efficiency.

Close Windows
Open windows increases resistance to wind flow that increases fuel consumption by as much as 20%.

Grade of Fuel
Fuel tank caps that are either loose, damaged or are not there at all, cause petrol to vaporize. Close the cap properly every time you open it.

Air pressure in tyres

Poorly inflated tyres cause wastage of fuel as well as wear and tear of the tyres. Check your vehicle’s tyre pressures at least once in a month. You can refer to the specified tyre pressure label around the driver seat. Use radial ply tyres instead of cross ply ones because they offer comparatively less rolling resistance and longer life. Ensuring wheel alignments are proper gives 10 percent saving of fuel.

Plan your trip
Try to plan your trips during less-congested times of the day whenever possible. With less traffic, you can maintain a smooth engine running without having to apply harsh brakes. You can use the internet to check out the shortest route to your destination. Never put extra luggage on car’s roof rack as it increases weight. Road and weather conditions also play a major role in the fuel economy of your vehicle. Driving on a plain road can reduce fuel economy by as much as 6 percent. On the contrary on a road with upward slope causes 7 percent loss of fuel. Examine suspension and chassis parts for misalignment such as axles, bad shocks, bent wheels, or broken springs.

Air Conditioning

As vehicle speed increases, air resistance increases in an exponential fashion. While going on long tour try to maintain constant speed it improves fuel efficiency. Use the A/C it when required. With A/C on, an extra load is placed on the engine forcing more fuel to be used by about 20%. Furthermore, the engine runs inefficiently when it’s cold.

Driving Techniques

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