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11 tips for better fuel economy

How much will petrol go up between now and the end of the month? While there’s no way to know for sure, you can bet it will be more expensive.

So, as the petrol stations get ready to suck up more of your hard-earned money, you should make sure your car is getting as many kilometres per litre as possible.

Here are a few tips to help you.

Buy A More Fuel-Efficient Car

If you’ve got the cash, a new fuel-efficient car might be the way to go. Sure it will cost you more up front, but you’ll earn it all back eventually by spending less at the petrol station. And now you can buy electrics, hybrids, and LPGs that all use less petrol than conventional cars. But they don’t come cheap.

Ease Off The Accelerator

The harder you plant your foot, the more your engine has to work and the more petrol it burns up.

Clean It Out

For every 114 kilograms in your car you lose about half a kilometre per litre in fuel efficiency

For every 114 kilograms in your car you lose about half a kilometre per litre in fuel efficiency. So don’t drive around with an entire junkyard in your boot if you can help it.

Cut Down On Drag

Anything that disrupts the airflow around your car also lowers your fuel economy. So take off the roof rack if you’re not using it to save yourself some money. Having the windows down also creates more drag, so keep them up if you can.

Keep It Maintained

Cars in poor condition get lousy fuel economy. It might cost a bit to have a mechanic fix your car, but the money you save at the petrol station will help make up for it.

Auto mechanic fixing car

Tighten Your Petrol Cap

Petrol evaporates quickly. If your petrol cap isn’t screwed on tightly enough, some of your fuel could literally vanish into thin air.

Don’t Let It Idle

Try to avoid heavy traffic by leaving earlier or later for your daily commute.

When your engine is running but your car isn’t moving, you’re getting exactly zero kilometres per litre. If you find you have to wait in the car—even just for a little while— turn the engine off and save some petrol. For the same reason, try to avoid heavy traffic by leaving earlier or later for your daily commute.

Turn Off The Air Conditioner

It takes extra fuel to keep everything cool. Having the cold air blowing at full blast means your engine has to work harder to keep up. This can lower your fuel economy by as much as 20%.

Properly Inflate Your Tyres

Underinflated tyres can reduce your fuel efficiency by 3% or more. But don’t overinflate them either. Doing that will make them wear out much quicker, and could even result in a blowout.

Always inflate your tyres to the pressure shown on the sidewall, and check them regularly to make sure they’re staying at that pressure.

Close Up Of Mechanic Examining Damaged Car Tyre

Stick To The Highways

You do a lot more braking and accelerating in city streets compared to the highway. So try to plan your routes to take advantage of this fact.

Write It All Down

It may just seem like extra work, but by keeping a log of your car’s fuel consumption you’ll be able to see exactly when, where, and hopefully why you’re getting lower fuel economy.

You can save costs in your home as well. Look at our article called Home Energy Efficiency Tips.