By Nnamdi Ikeh-Akabogu (FRSCN)

Driving style can have a significant impact on fuel consumption. One common driving habit that can result in reduced fuel efficiency is having a heavy foot.

This means accelerating and braking harshly, which puts additional strain on the engine and can result in higher fuel consumption.

When a driver has a heavy foot, they tend to accelerate quickly and then brake abruptly.

This type of driving puts extra stress on the engine, causing it to work harder and use more fuel.

Additionally, sudden acceleration and braking can reduce the car’s stability and control, making it more difficult to drive efficiently.

Another way a heavy foot affects fuel consumption is by causing the engine to operate at a higher RPM (revolutions per minute).

The engine uses more fuel when it is operating at a higher RPM, as it has to work harder to maintain that speed.

This can result in reduced fuel efficiency, as the engine is using more fuel to maintain the same speed as it would at a lower RPM.

Additionally, a heavy foot can also result in higher emissions. When the engine has to work harder to maintain speed, it produces more emissions, including carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

This not only affects fuel efficiency but also contributes to air pollution and environmental degradation.

In conclusion, having a heavy foot can result in decreased fuel efficiency and increased emissions.

To improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions, drivers should aim to drive smoothly and efficiently, accelerating gradually and braking smoothly.

This type of driving not only results in better fuel efficiency but also improves the overall driving experience and reduces the risk of accidents.

The traffic expert is DCC Nnamdi Ikeh-Akabogu, DCC Morning and Evaluation (M&E), Special Duties and External Relations (SEDER), FRCC HQ, Abuja

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