5 ways to save money on fuel

Fuel is one of the biggest costs to Queensland motorists, but are there ways you can limit the amount of times you have to fill up? We’ve put together five simple tips for drivers wanting more from their tank of fuel.

  1. Drive economically

When driving around town, you’ll use less fuel if you:

  • Drive smoothly and maintain a steady speed
  • Make sure you’re in the right gear for the right conditions
  • Avoid peak hour and other heavy traffic if you can
  • Avoid idling the engine for long periods.

On a highway, you’ll use less fuel if you:

  • Use cruise control if you have it
  • Use your car’s air conditioner sparingly but it’s also important you’re comfortable to drive safely
  • Keep the windows up and use the ventilation system when travelling at higher speeds (over about 50 km/h)
  • If your car’s transmission has power and economy modes, use the economy mode more often to ensure the transmission up-shifts earlier.

These tips could also help reduce wear and tear on your car’s brakes, tyres and the other mechanical parts, so you might save on overall running costs too.

2. Take care of your car

Servicing your car according to the manufacturer’s guidelines will keep running costs down and help you save on fuel. This will include:

  • Keeping the engine correctly tuned
  • Keeping filters in good condition
  • Keeping the fuel and ignition systems in good working order
  • Regularly changing the engine oil using oil recommended by the manufacturer.

3. Inflate tyres correctly

Check your tyre pressures once a week when the tyres are cold.

Make sure they’re inflated to the pressure stated in the vehicle handbook or on the tyre placard.

4. Reduce your load 

If you can, reduce the amount of gear you carry around in your car. Large items like golf clubs and toolboxes add a lot of unnecessary weight, which increases fuel consumption.

External attachments such as roof racks and bicycle racks will increase wind resistance and weight as well as fuel use. If possible remove them when not in use, and when you are using them, load them carefully to minimise wind resistance

5. Use the smaller of two cars 

If your household has two or more cars, use the more fuel efficient one wherever possible. Get into the habit of using the other car/s only when necessary.

If you’re in the market for a new car, consider fuel efficiency. You can compare fuel efficiencies in various vehicles by checking the Green Vehicle Guide website.