Make your fuel dol­lar go fur­ther

ED OR­DYN­SKI’S ECO­NOM­I­CAL-DRIV­ING TIPS

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Special Consumer Report -

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.

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