MPs learn to save money

Re­duc­ing fuel us­age isn’t that dif­fi­cult, writes KEVIN HEP­WORTH

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

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.

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