In town, drive smoothly avoiding repeated accelerating then braking . Don’t stay in too low a gear – change up as soon as practical. If you drive an automatic, ease up on the accelerator as soon as you reach your required speed. Try not to drive in peak hour traffic.
Fact: Constant stopping and starting will use fuel faster – therefore repeated bursts of acceleration and driving in heavy traffic will use more fuel than otherwise.
On the freeway, reduce speed and use cruise control if you have this. Use your air conditioner sparingly, and keep your windows closed.
Fact: Yes, the faster you travel the more fuel you will use. A far as the airconditioner is concerned – unless you have it on full blast for extended periods of time, this won’t make such a significant difference.
Check your tyre pressure weekly, when the tyres are cold. Setting your tyre pressure slightly higher than stated in the vehicle handbook will help with fuel economy and safer handling.
Fact: Under Inflated tyres create more drag, making the engine work harder and increasing the amount of fuel used.
You should ensure that your car is serviced regularly to help to save on fuel consumption. Keeping your car correctly tuned, filters in good condition, fuel and ignition systems in good working order and regularly changing the engine oil will all help to avoid excess fuel usage.
The quality of the petrol that you use will impact the distance that you will travel on a tank. If you use a cheaper grade fuel than recommended by the manufacturer, you will probably end up having to fill up sooner and the car will run less efficiently than designed. Remember that ethanol burns more quickly than petrol, so blended fuels like E10 will provide less overall range.
Fact: Keeping your car serviced regularly, with fresh oil and spark plugs when necessary and using the recommended fuel will ensure that your car is not only safe to drive but will save you money in the long run.
If you are able to do so, reduce the amount of load in your car. Things like golf clubs, toolboxes and the like all add unnecessary weight which will increase fuel consumption. External attachments such as roof racks increase wind resistance and therefore fuel use – remove them when not in use.
Fact: Removing excess weight in your car can mean less fuel consumption, depending on the extent of the excess weight.