Avoid using your car’s air conditioner
Using your air conditioner greatly increases fuel consumption. If you get hot, open the windows of the car to cool things down, rather than turning on the air conditioner.
Keep your driving speed constant
Avoid ‘stop-start’ driving – the power built up from acceleration goes to waste when you are constantly hitting the breaks.
Empty out your car
Excess weight in your car uses more fuel, so empty your boot of any unnecessary items that you might be carrying around.
Streamline your vehicle
On the open road, don’t keep your car windows open unnecessarily (although if you are hot, it is more effcient to open the windows than to turn on the air conditioner). Bicycle and roof racks also create resistance and cause you to use more fuel, so remember to remove them when they aren’t being used.
Don’t slam your foot onto the accelerator and take off from the curb with a screech. Ease off from a stationary position, as cars run far more effciently on lower revs.
Keep your tyres well inflated
Pump up your tyres to the correct pressure. Underinfated tyres increase fuel consumption and decrease your tyres’ life span.
Service your car regularly
Service your car regularly (at least every 10 000km) to keep it running effciently. Badly tuned vehicles use more fuel, pollute the air more and cost you more money to run
Stick to the speed limit
There are endless benefits to sticking to the speed limit while on your travels. You won’t get a traffic fine, which means that you have more money to spend on the important things in life.You tend to drive less aggressively, which keeps the road safer for you and everyone else. On top of all this, sticking to the speed limit means that you burn less fuel getting from A to B, which means less emissions being pumped into the atmosphere, and less environmental degradation.Sponsor this article