1. Try to keep your inputs smooth
When driving on, try maintaining a steady throttle input. Irregular inputs might confuse the electronic brain of the AMT, and therefore it is recommended to drive with consistency while avoiding any sudden changes like hard acceleration or braking. Keep a smooth momentum and the AMT will coast along with ease while returning a handsome kmpl.
2. Steady right foot can reduce AMT jerk
One of the inherent qualities of AMT transmission is that an unpleasant jerk is felt when the gearbox is upshifting. This, however, can be greatly reduced if you could predict the engine’s power delivery and corresponding upshift rpm. All you need to do is gently let the revs rise until the predicted upshifting rpm, and keep your foot light and steady and the gearbox will upshift without that unwanted head-nod. Of course, you’ll need a bit of practice to perfect it. This smooth-shifting will also help in reducing fuel consumption.
3. Do not rest your foot on the brake pedal
Since there’s no clutch, drivers tend to get unconsciously ready to apply the brake pedal. If you do that, an additional load is created on the engine which in turn makes it work harder, thus consuming more fuel. This will also wear out the brakes earlier than usual. So simply use the brakes only when it is required. Also never use the left foot on any of the pedals.
4. Avoid driving aggressively
It is a given, that fuel consumption is directly related to how hard the engine is working. In simple terms, if you let your engine rev more, it consumes more fuel. When driving aggressively, the driver might keep revving the engine. Now since the shifting is controlled by an electronic device, it won’t bode well with an aggressive driving style of accelerating hard, then slowing down only to accelerate quickly once again. It is reported that aggressive driving reduces fuel economy by a whopping 33 per cent. So it’s simple, just drive calmly.
5. Plan your overtakes
As mentioned earlier, the shifting is managed by an electronic unit. Since there might be an inherent delay in the gearbox while shifting, you’ll need to plan your overtakes properly. So that your engine is in the right rev and the gearbox is in the correct gear. Otherwise, midway through the overtake you’ll realise there’s not enough momentum and you will be forced to push the throttle down thus causing the AMT to downshift abruptly and this entire process will consume more fuel than it should have, if you had planned it properly.
6. Engage Neutral whenever possible
Imagine you are at a traffic light, you hold down the brakes and the gearbox is still in drive. Continue doing this and there will be unnecessary load on the brakes, while the engine won’t settle down on idle thus consuming more fuel. So it is recommended to slot into Neutral whenever possible and engage the Handbrake.
7. Careful when getting off the mark
Once engaging in the drive, do not accelerate hard right off the line. Since the clutch action takes time, it might put needless pressure on the drivetrain since the engine will be revving at a higher speed in relation to the transmission. This would put additional load on the engine and will also cause more wear and tear. So be careful when getting off the mark, just use the initial momentum and then glide through with gentle throttle inputs.
8. Get acquainted with your engine/AMT
The longer time you spend behind the wheel, the better you’d understand the characteristics of the engine and the gearing ratios. Try understanding its finer details and we bet the engine would return the favour by being more frugal.
Coasting essentially means to move or make progress without using power or as little effort as possible. In AMT cars, coasting simply means moving forward with your momentum without applying any throttle at all. If you continue coasting when driving through the city traffic, it will prominently help in reducing fuel consumption.
10. Follow all other fuel-saving measures
Lastly, while driving an AMT, you still need to mind all the other fuel-saving measures. Like ensuring proper maintenance, maintaining an appropriate tyre pressure, turning off the engine on red lights, changing oil and air filter at right intervals, checking for wheel alignment and others.