Seven ways to save fuel

Why waste fuel and money? These tips will help you save both…

Seven ways to save fuel

Fuel prices might be comparatively low at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drive with a view to using as little fuel as possible.

Driving economically is also better for the environment and any savings you make go straight back into your wallet or purse.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists says reductions in fuel use can be made quite easily and have provided us with these seven ways to save fuel:

Try to keep your driving smooth

Gentle acceleration and using the highest safe gear will use less fuel.

Ease off the accelerator early for traffic lights if they are red, why hurry up to wait.

Try to avoid driving during the rush hour

Stopping and starting in traffic needs the use of the first gear and a lot of fuel is dispensed to get the vehicle moving again.

Keep your tyres well maintained and at the correct pressures

When your tyres are due for replacement there are brands/models designed for extra economy which may be worth considering.

Get rid of unnecessary weight

Cars work just like the human body, your body needs more energy to more around more weight and so does your car.

So, take heavy items out of the car if you don’t need to carry them.

A roof rack or roof box will increase drag and you will use more fuel to overcome this remove it if it is not being used.

Stop the constant back and forth

A cold engine uses more fuel and creates up 60% more pollution than a warm engine. So, try to avoid frequent short journey where possible.

Turn off the air-conditioning

Your air-conditioning makes your engine work overtime and use extra fuel. If it isn’t that hot, try switching it off to save dollars.

Keep your speed low

It sounds pretty standard but driving faster uses more fuel, here you can reduce fuel consumption by up to 25%.

Try pressing more lightly on the accelerator, often you can maintain the same speed with less pressure on the pedal.

Got any other fuel saving motoring tips? We’d love to hear them. Send us a note via our Contact page, email feedback@behindthewheel.com.au or leave a comment below.

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