MPs learn to save money
Reducing fuel usage isn’t that difficult, writes KEVIN HEPWORTH
AUSTRALIAN drivers can save almost $2 billion a year in fuel — that’s $200 for each car on the road — by applying a couple of simple rules.
Fuel guru John Taylor and his wife, Helen, hold 36 economy world records. John says the message is simplicity itself.
‘‘For the past two years we have been travelling the world educating governments, fleets and the general public on how to save fuel and money, which in turn is great for saving greenhouse gas,’’ he says.
‘‘This is not rocket science. It doesn’t require buying some new type of car. It doesn’t even require big changes to your driving style.
‘‘Our savings have been averaging 10 to 30 per cent.’’
Taylor has set most of his records in a Peugeot, but says his tips apply to all vehicles, whether they run on petrol, diesel or LPG.
He advises driving smoothly, finding the highest suitable gear as soon as possible without stressing the car, ensuring tyres are correctly inflated and planning ahead.
Taylor says the savings can mean driving for one year in Australia at no fuel cost.
‘‘There are 10 million registered cars in Australia, and each does an average 15,000km a year. That is 43km a day, or 430 million every day overall.
If you make that driving 10 per cent more efficient, it equates to saving 3.2 million litres of fuel a day. At $1.60 a litre, that would save Australia $5.1 million every day of the year.’’
To carry their message to politicians, the Taylors set out from Melbourne last week in a Peugeot 308 diesel to drive to Canberra.
With the support of the Opposition spokesman on climate change, Greg Hunt, they presented their philosophy to Senate members before challenging them to drive efficiently around Canberra.
On the drive to Canberra the Taylors used 28.7 litres of fuel on their 773km journey, an average 3.7 litres for 100km.
Though most of the MPs were unable to match that figure, averag- ing 4.18 litres/100km, the winner — Liberal Member for Barker Patrick Secker — returned 3.7 litres/ 100km for the 8km loop.
‘‘We’re telling them the whole country can be educated to save money and the environment at very little cost. It just takes the will to make the changes,’’ Taylor says.
Getting more from petrol: fuel guru John Taylor and his wife, Helen, hold 36 economy world records.