How to improve your car’s fuel efficiency

Fuel EfficiencyWe are all feeling it.  Tight water restrictions, a struggling economy and an ever rising fuel price is enough to raise anyone’s stress levels through the roof.

Although these things are beyond our control, there are still steps you can take to make the best of a tough situation.  If you commute long distances and are therefore heavily affected by the price of fuel, we have some great tips to help you get more mileage out of your car.

With another price hike expected in November, here are a few ways you can improve your car’s fuel efficiency:

Drive your car smoothly

Be gentle with your brakes and accelerator.  Handling your car’s controls roughly and rapid braking and hasty acceleration are all habits that lead to poor fuel economy and adds to wear and tear (I am so guilty of this!).  Keep calm, breathe and put on some Enya.  Not only will your fuel consumption be better, your mood will likely also be calmer which means a nicer you when you get home.

Apply some pressure

Make sure to check your tyre pressure regularly.  Under-inflated tyres increase resistance and therefore reduces fuel efficiency.  Keeping your tyres inflated optimally for your specific car, is a small habit that can help you save on fuel as well as extend the life of your tyres.

Shed some weight

Remove all unnecessary items that add weight to your car.  Any outer fittings not in use, like roof racks, should be removed to reduce wind drag.  Roof racks alone can make your car up to 12% less efficient!  Empty the boot and remove the baby seat if you don’t use it anymore.

High gear, low speed

Driving fast in a low gear uses significantly more fuel – up to 45% more!  If your car is struggling in a gear, shift down instead of accelerating aggressively though.  Remember – drive smoothly!

Windows vs AC

According to Mythbusters, rolling down your windows is more efficient than blasting the aircon. On days when it’s not too hot, but you still need a little air in the car, skip the aircon and roll down a window instead.

Plan your trips

Plan your trip for the day ahead to make sure you make all your stops on your way to work or home.  Combining your trips will not only help you score on fuel, you will also be saving time (and who doesn’t need more time?).

Don’t idle

Idling for more than 10 seconds will be less fuel efficient than just switching your engine off and restarting it.  It’s a common misconception that restarting your car will use more fuel.  The average person spends around 16 minutes idling daily so over the period of a month, that could make quite a difference!

Do you have a tip for us that was not mentioned above?  We would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below!


On November 3rd, 2017, posted in: How to, News by , ,
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