Save on your motor fuel – Fuel Saving Tips
Want to find a way to get the extra mile from every tank you fill? Without getting too technical, we have a few fuel saving tips to get you started:
Avoid using your car for short journeys when possible. When you drive a car that has been parked for a few hours, the engine is cold and uses much more fuel for the first few miles. Plan ahead by combining trips to avoid taking the car out several times. Try to use less congested routes and avoid rush hour if possible.
Good driving habits
It is best to drive off as soon as the engine is started. Idling causes pollution and increases fuel consumption. Depress the accelerator gently when driving away and change to a higher gear in time.
Driving at high speed (even 80 or 95 km/h) uses more fuel and causes more pollution. A fast driving style can also lead to an increase in fuel consumption of up to 12%. A slower driving style can actually save up to 13% on fuel and is better for the environment – not to mention your wallet!
The savviest way to travel is at a constant speed and in the highest gear. Try not to push the accelerator very far down in order to avoid changing into a lower gear, which can cause you to use more fuel.
Avoid drag. Where possible keep all windows closed and ensure that all doors, the bonnet and boot are securely fastened. If your front window is even half open your fuel consumption increases by 5% at 80 km/h and as much as 10% at 110 km/h. Try to use your air-conditioning and rear screen demister sparingly as both can increase fuel consumption. This is especially true if you are driving on a motorway and moving more quickly.
Maintain your car
Keep your tyres in good condition and at the right pressure to improve safety and fuel consumption. Poor engine lubrication, wheel alignment and poorly adjusted brakes can increase fuel consumption.
Don’t carry unnecessary weight
Remove the roof rack or ski box when not in use and don’t cart around unnecessary stuff in the boot of your car. Extra weight can increase drag and make your car use more fuel.