07 Feb

Weight Loss For Vehicles

Many car owners keep a lot of items in their vehicles. Some of these are absolutely necessary. For instance, a spare tire, a jack, a first aid and an emergency kit.

Some of these items however are totally unnecessary. A random sample carried out while preparing this blog catalogued a few classic examples. Old unused stationery, old spare vehicle parts, old cans and containers, extra and in some cases excess lubes and fluids, damaged electronics, groceries from the last shoping run, CDs, an old car battery and building materials topped the list of larger items.

These items make your car untidy, dirty and uncomfortable. Some estimates reveal that individuals can get rid of 50kg to 200kg worth of non useful items from their vehicle interiors. This translates to freed up internal volume, better fuel efficiency as your vehicle is not lugging all that dead weight around town as well as performance (acceleration, braking and handling) improvement. 

Automakers strive to make their cars as light as possible for performance and efficiency reasons. Dragging so much dead weight around makes nonsense of all the weight saving efforts. 

Finally, there is a safefy angle. When you watch vehicle crash tests, you begin to get an appreciation of how these items can cause significant harm in the event of an accident. The sudden halting of a vehicle in a crash or under emergency braking can cause the heavy items to become projectiles which could slam into passengers in your vehicle from behind.

To stay safe while getting the best performance out of our vehicles, we need to shed unnecessary loads the car is saddled with bearing. Next time you step into your car or look into the trunk, ask yourself if the items there are necessary. This is one scenario where less is more.

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