Fuel saving tips
The extra expense of refueling your car is often the most dreaded. Here are a few simple ways to get your tank to take you further.
Maintain Tyre Pressure
The lower your cars tyre pressure, the more fuel is needed to move it along. Check your cars tyre pressure regularly and adjust when necessary to minimise the extra usage.
Minimise your load
The more weight your car is carrying, the more fuel it will consume. Don’t carry around extra items that you don’t need. Pack away those golf clubs and shopping bags and save.
Take care of your car
keeping your car running smoothly will ensure it relies on less petrol. Regularly service your car and keep it line with the manufacturer’s guidelines. This will include checking the engine, filters, ignition system and changing oil.
Make fewer trips
Once your car has been parked for a few hours, the engines goes cold, causing your car to use more fuel for the first few kilometres of the trip. To avoid this extra fuel usage, lump as many errands together as possible.
Avoid peak hour traffic
We are all too familiar with the constant stop start of peak hour traffic, but did you know it’s costing you more than time? Each time your car starts moving from a stand still it requires more fuel to get it moving out of first gear. Avoid traveling in peak hour traffic wherever possible.
Minimise aerodynamic drag
This is particularly relevant when driving in country areas or along the highway. Wind resistance is dramatically increased when your car’s windows are open or roof racks on. This will cause your car to use excess fuel to compensate for the extra resistance and weight. Eliminate this by keeping windows up, relying on air conditioning when necessary and removing roof racks when not in use. Additionally, when roof racks are needed, a streamlined roof box may be used to minimise wind resistance.
Manage your speed
Driving over the speed limit may save you time on your trip but that is where the savings begin and end. Driving at a high speed will use more fuel and ultimately cost you more than you might think. Additionally, speeding often leads to more stop starts while driving. This means that you are accelerating more frequently but not going as far as you should be. Stick to the speed limit and watch upcoming traffic to monitor your speed and go further with fewer revs.