Mitsubishi Lancer Owners Manual
Economical drivingStarting and driving / Economical driving
For economical driving, there are some technical requirements that have to be met. The prerequisite for low fuel consumption is a properly adjusted engine.
In order to achieve longer life of the vehicle and the most economical operation, we recommend you to have the vehicle checked at regular intervals in accordance with the service standards.
Fuel economy and generation of exhaust gas and noise are highly influenced by personal driving habits as well as the particular operating conditions.
The following points should be observed in order to minimize wear of brakes, tyres and engine as well as to reduce environmental pollution.
Avoid rapid acceleration and sudden starts; such operation will result in higher fuel consumption.
Shift only at an appropriate speed and engine speed. Always use the highest shift position possible.
Frequent starting and stopping increases the average fuel consumption. Use roads with smooth traffic flow whenever possible. When driving on congested roads, avoid use of a low shift position at high engine speeds.
The vehicle consumes fuel even during idling.
Avoid extended idling whenever possible.
At higher vehicle speed, more fuel is consumed.
Avoid driving at full speed. Even a slight release of the accelerator pedal will save a significant amount of fuel.
Tyre inflation pressure
Check the tyre inflation pressures at regular intervals.
Low tyre inflation pressure increases road resistance and fuel consumption. In addition, low tyre pressures adversely affect tyre wear and driving stability.
Do not drive with unnecessary articles in the luggage compartment. Especially during city driving where frequent starting and stopping is necessary, the increased weight of the vehicle will greatly affect fuel consumption. Also avoid driving with unnecessary luggage or carriers, etc., on the roof; the increased air resistance will increase fuel consumption.
Cold engine starting
Starting of a cold engine consumes more fuel.
Unnecessary fuel consumption is also caused by keeping a hot engine running. After the engine is started, commence driving as soon as possible.
The use of the air conditioning will increase the fuel consumption.