Around town, you’ll use less fuel if you:
- Drive smoothly and try to maintain a steady speed
- Use the gearbox sensibly, and change up through the gears as soon as practical
- If you drive an automatic, ease back slightly on the accelerator once the car has gained sufficient speed
- Avoid peak hour and other heavy traffic where possible
- Avoid engine idling for long periods.
On the freeway, you’ll use less fuel if you:
- You can reduce your fuel consumption by as much as 25% by taking 20 km/h off your speed
- Use cruise control if you’ve got it
- Use your car’s air conditioner sparingly
- Keep the windows up and use the ventilation system when travelling over about 50 km/h, if your car doesn’t have air conditioning
- If your car’s transmission has power and economy modes, use the economy mode to ensure the transmission up-shifts earlier.
All of the above tips also help reduce wear and tear on your car’s brakes, tyres and the other mechanical parts. So you’ll save on running costs too.