Plan your travel
Getting lost costs fuel! Taking time to figure out the best route and best time
to travel are often overlooked as simple ways to improve your fuel economy.
Keep to the speed limit
Driving faster doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get to your destination faster but driving 10km/hr over
the open road speed limit will increase fuel consumption by around 10%.
Drive with a smile
Aggressive driving results in a lot of unnecessary braking and acceleration which results in greater fuel use.
Also make sure you’re looking ahead so you can anticipate the conditions to drive smoothly.
Gentle acceleration and the use of engine braking where possible helps you keep a steady speed and uses less fuel.
It’s better for your fuel economy to slow early rather than brake late.
Watch your following distance
Maintaining a safe following distance allows you to keep a more constant speed where acceleration and
braking aren’t forced reactions to the vehicle in front. Keeping a safe following distance helps save
fuel and makes for safer driving.
Improve your driving style
The way in which you drive has a major impact on your fuel use. The difference between a good and a bad
driver can be as much as 30% fuel consumption!
Don’t be idle
If you’re stationary for more than a minute or two then it’s best to switch off your engine to avoid
wasting fuel and polluting this beautiful environment. Restarting when it’s time to go will result in
less fuel use than idling the whole time.
Handle the pressure
Keeping your tyres at the right pressure is a simple fuel-saver.
If your tyres are under-inflated by 20% you’ll be using around 4% more fuel than if they were at the correct pressure.
Lose that weight
That extra load you carry around accounts for around 2% extra fuel consumption for every 50kg of weight.
It sounds obvious but the heavier the car the more work the engine has to do and the more fuel it uses.
Anything that increases your car’s drag (such as a roof rack or bike rack) will add to the wind resistance
and have a negative impact on your fuel economy. Remove these if they aren’t necessary and streamline your car.
Love your car
Keeping your car well maintained means it could use 10%-20% less fuel than if it was poorly maintained.
That's a great fuel saving just for taking care of your car!
Avoid short trips
Short trips don’t give the engine enough time to warm completely and this has a negative impact on fuel economy.
If you must do short trips try grouping a few together if possible.
If you can, leave the car behind and walk or cycle those short trips instead for the ultimate in fuel saving.
Your air-conditioning can be quite a drain on fuel economy and running it can use around 10% more fuel.
Every electrical device in your car (e.g., air-conditioning, demister, seat heaters etc) will have an
impact your fuel economy so consider their use carefully. Safety first though.