How to Save Gas on a Self Drive in Uganda
Usually searching and finding a great deal on Uganda car hire is an easy way, just getting into the google search engine and type any of your preferred key words like car rental Uganda, car hire Uganda or self drive in Uganda. whichever your purpose maybe, Google will bring you number of many car rental agencies and you will easily connect with them until you are behind the wheels for your trip. But the real question lies on getting a good deal and on how much you save on the gas.
Many of the car rental agencies usually give out SUV cars and at max the Toyota land cruisers or maybe the vans for the self drive. The (RAV 4) Recreational Active vehicles are the most common self drive cars offered for self drive. These cars hold a 60litre tank which full tank will take you about 650-700kms depending on the nature of driving and terrain. To make a good deal out of your car rental as far as gas is concerned, some things have to be noted and followed before you set off for your adventure/trip.
Tank fill up. If you intend to travel many mile or kilometers in and around Uganda, its always advisable to fill up tank at any petro station you come across. Keeping the tank full gives you the clear distance coverage to wherever you go. During acceleration with few gas, the engine struggles with the few remaining gas to get it going and there by consuming a lot.
Filling up at approved fuel stations. Fuel stations around the country have different prices displayed on the sales boards. Usually fuel stations in towns and cities seem to be cheaper than upcountry stations. It is advisable to fill up at each town you come across. The difference in the 100ug sh or more in the prices per litre will save you a big on the fuel budget.
Acceleration. The nature of driving will determine the amount of gas consumed. Always consider average acceleration that wont leave your car rental struggling for the gas fueled up. The average acceleration will take you an average distance at an average gas consumption. Over acceleration actually leaves your car overworked and using unnecessary gas. This will make a good deal for your car rental on self drive adventure trip.
Air condition. Switching on the air condition actually increases the work load for the engine. The more the engine is loaded, the more energy it requires to keep it running. Therefore the gas consumption will increase equivalently. It is recommended to use the air condition where necessary like in dusty places and turn it off when clear. A little mirrors down will give you a more comfortability and still save you lots of gas.
Luggage.A very recommendable idea to avoid carrying a lot of luggage in the car boot.The more the vehicle is packed up, the more the gas it uses. Pack what is necessary and if you are going for a camping trip, avoid stocking up lots of food in the car and buy in the markets and groceries anywhere around the country. This all will make your self drive gas saving a deal.
Rack. Avoiding a car rack on top of your car rental vehicle is a good idea to save gas on your trip. The car rack on your vehicle exerts a lot of pressure and drags the car down. That in turn creates more frictional pull between the tyres and the road. A more resistance in movement is created and this requires more acceleration to maintain the speed. This in all increases the gas consumption. So doing away with the rack will do you a great deal with gas consumption.
Engine check. Most of the cars bought in Uganda and hired out by many car rental agencies for self drive are usually used cars bought from japan. They are in good working conditions and almost look new. It is however to keep a check on the engine every morning, the engine oil and water levels in the radiator. When the water levels are down, the car works a lot on gas energy and this requires lots of gas. Low water and engine oil levels could make the car to heat up and that’s more gas consumption.
Tyre pressure. It is a very recommended idea to always check the tyre pressure of your car rental. Usually balancing 40-45 front and behind respectively, will create an average friction for easy acceleration. The less the pressure in the car tires, the more friction on the ground and the more the gravitational pull.So checking and keeping the pressure averagely will give you a good deal with your gas budget.