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201213 Jun

Save fuel


In a time when petrol prices have been reaching record high and diesel prices too could soon be revised upwards, rising fuel costs has become a plaguing problem for motorists. And while motorists can’t control the price of fuel, they can certainly try to get the best mileage out of their cars providing some respite to their wallet. Read on to find out.

Fuel consumption is directly related to vehicle care and driver behaviour and both can have a significant impact on how much a motorist needs to shell out at the pump. We have suggested a few handy tips that can go a long way to save a lot of bucks.


1. Keep your tyres at the right pressure

Correctly inflated tyres are safer and last longer. A tyre that is under inflated by just 1psi can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 3 per cent. An under or over inflated tyre is also more susceptible to failing.


2. Tune and service your engine

A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy by up to 4 per cent, so change your oil and clean/change air and fuel filter as recommended in your car's service manual.


3. Drive smoothly

Aggressive driving can use as much as 33 percent more fuel than smooth driving. Avoid accelerating or braking too hard and try to keep your steering as smooth as possible.


4. Use higher gears

The higher gear you drive in the lower your engine speed is, which can improve fuel efficiency. So change up a gear whenever you can, without labouring the engine.


5. Avoid carrying excess weight

For every extra 45 kg you carry your fuel efficiency can drop by 1-2 per cent. So keep your boot or back seat clear of unnecessary items that just add weight to your vehicle.


6. Fuel matters

All fuels are not created equal. Fuel economy is maximised in the engine through a combination of good driving habits and using the best fuel; one that helps reduce friction and improve cleanliness in the engine, thereby boosting fuel efficiency.


7. Use the correct oil

Always use the recommended grade of motor oil. Using the manufacturer’s recommended lubricant can improve fuel efficiency by 1-2 per cent. Higher quality motor oils can also help your engine operate more efficiently.


8. Take the roof rack off

If you’re not using your roof rack then remove it. They affect the aerodynamic efficiency of your vehicle and create drag, reducing fuel economy by as much as 5 per cent.


9. Keep the windows closed

Wind blowing through an open window will slow you down due to wind drag. To compensate, you may put your foot down harder, using more fuel.


10. Avoid high speeds

The faster you go the more wind resistance you’ll encounter and the more fuel your vehicle will consume just to maintain speed. Driving just 10 kmph over the speed limit can affect fuel economy by up to 23 per cent.


11. Avoid excess idling

Idling gets you nowhere but still burns fuel. Turn the engine off when you’re stuck at a signal, or waiting for someone, until you need it.


12. Avoid rush hour

If you can travel outside of peak times, you’ll spend less time stuck in traffic and consume less fuel as a result.


13. Avoid over-revving

Change gear in good time when you pull away or when you’re accelerating. Never ‘redline’ the rev counter.


14. Use cruise control, if you have it

Using cruise control on highways helps you maintain a constant speed and, in many cases, will improve fuel consumption.


15. Check the air filters

Air filters keep impurities from damaging your engine. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve fuel economy by as much as 10 per cent and will help protect your engine.


16. Avoid small fuel fills

Fuel evaporates every time you open the fuel cap. To stop this, avoid repeatedly topping up your tank. Also check the seal on your fuel cap is airtight.


17. Keep your distance

Leave a sensible distance between yourself and the car ahead to give you ample time to brake evenly.


18. Conserve momentum

Think ahead when you’re driving. For example, slow down early to let traffic lights change, rather than stopping completely, or speed up a little before you reach the foot of a flyover or bridge.


19. Use air conditioning sparingly

Air conditioning puts added strain on the engine and uses fuel to operate, so limit its use to get better mileage.


20. Plan trips carefully

Cutting down on the time spent in the car is the easiest way to conserve fuel. To reduce driving time, combine all your short trips and errands into a single journey.



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