Follow these simple tips to help make your car go further between fills.
1. Drive economically
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 motorway, you’ll use less fuel if you:
Reduce speed - you can reduce your fuel consumption by as much as 25% by taking 15mph 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 mph, 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.
2. Care for your car and save
Get your car serviced regularly to keep its running costs down and to help save on fuel. As part of caring for your car, you should:
Keep the engine correctly tuned
Keep filters in good condition
Keep the fuel and ignition systems in good working order
Regularly change the engine oil using the correct grade of oil as recommended by the manufacturer.
3. Inflate tyres correctly
Check your tyre pressure once a week, when the tyres are cold.
4. Check the wheel alignment
Ensure the wheel alignment is correctly set and the brakes aren’t dragging, as these can both increase rolling resistance – and chew up more fuel.
5. Check your load
If you can, reduce the amount of gear in your car. Things like golf clubs and toolboxes add unnecessary weight, which in turn increases fuel consumption. External attachments such as roof racks will increase wind resistance and fuel use. If possible remove them when not in use; and when you are using them, load them carefully to minimise wind resistance.
6. 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 others only when necessary.
If you’re in the market for a new car, consider fuel efficiency.
7. Be wary of fuel savings devices
There are many devices on the market claiming to improve your car's performance and save buckets of fuel. Very few have been proven to work by repeatable scientific tests.
8. Use your car less
One of the best ways to save on fuel costs is to stop using your car so much! Explore other options like public transport, car pooling, walking or riding a bike.
If you must use your car, try to combine a few smaller trips into one. A cold engine is less fuel-efficient and emits more pollutants than a warm engine, so several shorter trips will use more fuel than one longer trip.