If driving is a necessary part of your day, then you are no doubt constantly on the lookout for good priced petrol. Fortunately, there are some easier ways you can save money on fuel just by changing your car and driving to maximise efficiency. Here are six fuel efficient driving habits to save you money.
The shortest route to your destination is the most fuel-efficient route.
Accelerate slowly and smoothly
Your car uses the most petrol when you are accelerating, so drive in a way which minimises the amount of accelerating you need to do. Anticipate traffic conditions so you can make small adjustments to your speed instead of stopping and starting. Leaving a large gap between you and the car in front will give you more time to do this.
Use the gears correctly
Change up and down gears as required to keep the engine under as little strain as possible. When taking off a move into higher gears as sooner as possible. However, there is no point choking the engine in the high of a gear either, so move back down gears when climbing hills. If you have an automatic, avoid using the ‘Power’ or ‘Sports’ setting, which don’t change gears as fast and is a less fuel efficient way to drive.
Drive slower and shorter
The shortest route to your destination is the most fuel-efficient route. Plan your trip before you leave and use a live navigation system if you need it. Petrol consumption increases exponentially as you approach 100km/h, so if you’re on a highway, consider slowing down a bit to save more fuel.
Streamline your car
Unnecessary external modifications will mess up the aerodynamics of your car and most likely create extra wind resistance. A common one is roof racks; they are generally used infrequently but add to the car’s drag. Take them off the car until you need to use them. Extra weight is another thing to look out for. Remove any unnecessary objects or equipment from your car, only carry what you need for the trip or are likely to use.
Tyres and maintenance
Keep your tyres inflated to the maximum recommended pressure to reduce the road resistance. Make sure you do routine maintenance and have a qualified mechanic check your car periodically for issues. There is a range of minor problems, like dirty spark plugs, fuel systems or oil leaks, that will decrease the efficiency of your car.
Limit the aircon
Air conditioning uses more petrol, however opening windows increases wind resistance, so that isn’t necessarily a better option. Only use the A/C when you actually need it, don’t just leave it on low. Get in the habit of turning it off before you get out of your car, so you must consciously turn it back on if you want to cool down.
By following these driving tips, you will be saving yourself some money and making the roads a little bit safer at the same time.