1. Buy On The Right Day Of The Week
It’s obvious – buy your fuel when it’s at its cheapest. This will save you up to 12 cents a litre. But be careful! The unwary motorist is already being caught out as the fuel companies are changing their cheapest days.
|2. Don’t Buy Ethanol Added Fuel|
E10 fuel contains 10 per cent ethanol and is usually about 3 cents cheaper than 91 octane unleaded (when you can get it). But we reckon it’s a false economy. Check out why here
|3. Pump Up Your Tyres|
The car maker must place a label in the car (door jamb, glove box, fuel cap etc.) which displays the correct tyre pressures. If it gives a range then inflate your tyres to the highest limit (though it may give you a slightly harsher ride).
|4. Slow Down|
Again an obvious answer, reduce your speed, squeeze the accelerator more gently, anticipate conditions ahead to reduce your braking – all good ways to save your fuel bills.
|5. Keep a Clean Air Filter|
Clogged air filters increase fuel use by restricting air flow to the engine. It can cause an increae in fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent, yet it’s an easy fix.
|6. Engine Idle – the 60 second bench mark|
Minmize fuel wastage by turning off your engine when you are stopped for an extended period. Idling for more than a minute consumes much more fuel than re-starting the engine.
|7. Turn Off The Air-Con|
Air conditioners can use up to 10 percent more fuel when operating. But, on the other hand, it’s better to use the aircon at speeds of 80 kph and above than having an open window
|8. Maintain your car|
Keep your engine tuned, use fresh engine oil and follow the manufacturer’s service intervals. Studies have shown that a properly maintained car can reduce fuel consumption by up to a massive 20 per cent.
| 9. Use Proper Start Up Procedures|
Don’t prime your engine by repeatedly pumping the accelerator pedal. Once you have started your car there’s no need to let it idle to warm up. An engine will warm up faster on the road, but avoid sudden acceleration until the engine is warm.
|10. Buy A Fuel Efficient Car|
This is another obvious one, but it’s not so self serving. New models are becoming incredibly fuel efficient right through the size ranges.
Of course there are other logical techniques such as combining journeys, leaving you car at home or car pooling. If there are others that come to mind then let us know here