Tips for Saving Fuel

Focus on these 10 simple steps to save money on petrol and you'll free up your cash for other things.

Tyres – ensure the tyre pressure on your tyres is correct. If you have the correct pressure there is less force required to turn the tyre which in turn means your vehicle is using less fuel to turn the tyres. If you're unsure what the tyre pressure should be, you can normally find the figures near the lock inside the driver's door.

Maintain your vehicle – regular maintenance including servicing will make your car more efficient than a vehicle that is not regularly maintained.

Unnecessary weight
– don't carry a boot loan of things if it is not necessary. Remove bikes from racks and empty roof racks when not in use. Ironically, the heavier the item (the usual culprits are golf clubs and trolleys), the less likely you are to bother taking it out of the boot and the greater the effect it will have on your fuel consumption.

Limit use of your air-conditioning – It's tempting to leave the air-con on the whole year round. It stops the windows misting up in the winter and you don't ever need to think about the temperature inside the car, but it uses quite a bit of fuel, so we'd advise you turn it off when it's not hot.

Accelerate smoothly – This one always surprises people. It's not just to do with what gear you're in. You may be in a high gear and travelling at a sensible speed, but if you're pushing the accelerator down a long way to avoid changing into a lower gear (into third from fourth, for example), then you're actually using more fuel not less. Obviously, if your car has an automatic gearbox then it will probably do a better job than you of choosing which gear to be in, so it's not a problem.

Multi-task with your daily routine - Are you going out to run weekly errands, or are you just dropping one letter off at the post office and coming right home? You will essentially cut distance travelled and fuel usage in half by making all your stops at once, instead of taking lots of short roundtrips.

Don't speed – if you can stay with the limit of 100 km/per hour, you will use less fuel than if you go 5 – 10 kms quicker.


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