Make your fuel dollar go further
ED ORDYNSKI’S ECONOMICAL-DRIVING TIPS
LEVEL 1 — BASIC FACTORS
1. Plan when you need to use your car to avoid unnecessary journeys. 2. Plan your journey to avoid peak-hour and congested roads. 3. Measure your fuel consumption and take pride in reducing it. 4. Choose an energy-efficient vehicle.
LEVEL 2 — GIVE IT A TRY
1. Concentrate on driving smoothly and anticipate traffic flow to conserve momentum. 2. Keep tyre pressures at the maximum recommended. 3. Avoid excess weight in the vehicle and remove accessories that affect the aerodynamics, such as roof racks. 4. Choose a manual transmission and learn to drive it properly for optimum fuel efficiency.
LEVEL 3 — HARDCORE METHODS
1. Avoid use of airconditioning and keep windows closed. 2. Do not use cruise control but do focus on keeping a constant speed and conserving momentum. 3. Drive at low speed — most cars are at their most efficient at about 75km/h in top gear. 4. Drive off as soon as the engine is started, especially from a cold start.
Master miser: Economy expert Ed Ordynski offer sip tips.