- Don’t keep your engine idling waiting for it to warm up. Start your car, then drive off gently to warm the engine.
- Don’t rev the engine. Apply the accelerator gradually.
- Avoid heavy braking. Remove your foot in advance and coast your vehicle to a stop where possible.
- Use air conditioners sparingly.
- Have your car serviced regularly. Dirty air filters and oil affect engine and fuel efficiency.
- Plan your trip and leave plenty of time so you don’t have to be in a hurry everywhere, you will be surprised at how much more you can get on a tank of fuel if you can travel at about 95 km/hour.
- Don’t make it a race to get to the top of every hill, every time you use your right foot you will be putting more fuel in at the next Bowser.
- Drive like you have an empty tank, have you ever noticed when your fuel level is getting down and your not sure if you will make it to the next stop you seam to drive a little more conservatively, and then when you fill up you feel relieved about having a full tank and go back to your old gas guzzling driving habits.
Tyre Conditions & Pressure
- When doing long distances on bitumen make sure your Tyres are pumped up to the manufactures specs as your vehicle will roll a little easier on the highway and improve your economy.
- The opposite can be said when driving on rough rocky roads it is best to have a little less pressure in your tyres to avoid getting punctures all the time.
- If planning a big trip out west make sure you have a good set of Tyres, if you have Tyres that are near the end of their life you are sure to spend more than your fare share of time changing the punctured ones, while your mates are standing around having a cold one.
- If twin tanks are fitted, use the fuel from the rear tank first, thus removing excess weight from rear of vehicle.
- If you have accessories fitted for particular trips and don’t need them on for a while take them off, things like Roof racks, Hi-lift jacks and all those spare parts you lug around add extra weight and wind resistance which you might only need for one or two big trips per year. This will provide another small increase in economy.