There are lots of things that you can do that will affect the amount of fuel your car uses while you are out on the road. If you want to save some money and use your fuel more efficiently here are our top 6 tips….
1- Take care of your tires
Taking good care of your tires is a good idea if you want to save fuel. Check your tire pressure on a regular basis, particularly before you go on a long road journey out of town. Being inflated correctly can improve fuel consumption by up to 2%.
2- Cut the air-conditioning
It can be a tough thing to do on a dusty hot day but if you choose to switch the air conditioning off and open the window a bit instead then you will save some fuel. While driving at slow speeds, in particular, running the air con can use up a lot of fuel.
3- Drive Sensibly
This is one of the most effective ways to save fuel. when you break heavily and then accelerate heavily, then break heavily again! This style of driving uses a lot more fuel. Driving at a slow and steady speed you will use a lot less petrol. 20-25kms an hour is an efficient speed to travel at. If you are stuck in traffic, avoid accelerating to catch up with the car in front before breaking. Try to cruise along at a steady speed.
4- Keep your car well maintained
It is essential that you keep your car well maintained in order to use efficient amounts of fuel. Using the correct engine oil lubricant is also really important. You can check the oil you need to use by looking in your vehicle’s handbook. If your car is not serviced or the air filter is in bad condition, fuel consumption may be doubled.
5- Reduce weight
The heavier your car is the more it will cost to run so If you are carrying a lot of unnecessary heavy things in your boot it will result in you using a lot more fuel. On short journeys, even half filling the tank with petrol can help. The weight you save on carrying petrol will help you save petrol.
6- Make fewer trips
A cold car engine uses a lot more fuel for the first few kilometers, when you start out your journey, by planning ahead and combining your tasks that involve travelling around town into one single journey you will save some fuel and some cash.