Don’t be a silly fuel

Save juice, cash and en­ergy with Neil Dowl­ing

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Top Ten -

1. Walk Se­ri­ously— con­sider other ways to get around. Cy­cling, the bus or train and even shar­ing a car jour­ney with work­mates will save money and re­duce the nation’s en­ergy con­sump­tion.

2. Slow down For ev­ery 10km/h faster than 100km/h, you use about 10 per cent ex­tra fuel. That’s be­cause the en­gine’s revving harder and your car’s aero­dy­namic drag re­quires more power and there­fore more fuel to main­tain the higher speed. You also have to think harder be­cause you know it takes more ef­fort and dis­tance to brake quickly. 3. Avoid the rush Get on the road be­fore peak hours. Tell your boss you’re start­ing an hour ear­lier and plan to leave an hour ear­lier. It will make a huge dif­fer­ence to your fuel bill and lower your heart rate.

4. Lose weight Keep only what you need in the car. Don’t haul around golf clubs when you’re not go­ing to play, or if your hand­i­cap is 160.

5. Think Plan trips to do mul­ti­ple tasks — drop the kids off at school, go to work and then shop on the way home be­fore you pick up the kids. 6. Twocars in the garage? Choose the one that is the most eco­nom­i­cal. Ul­ti­mately, ditch the thirstier car and re­place it with a train or bus ticket.

7. Check your tyres Un­der-in­flated tyres place up to 10 per cent more strain on the drive sys­tem and there­fore the en­gine uses 10 per cent more fuel. If wheel align­ment is out even 6mm, fuel con­sump­tion in­creases by as much as 2 per cent.

8. Get in tune A badly tuned en­gine can suck up to 15 per cent more fuel than one in per­fect or­der. That’s 15 per cent out of your wal­let ev­ery time you re­fuel. Keep the oil fresh, the spark plugs clean, the fil­ters new and the en­gine tim­ing spot-on and you’ll have a quiet, re­spon­sive and fu­el­ef­fi­cient car.

9. For­get drive-thru Park out­side fast food stores and walk in. Save fuel and re­duce emis­sions by not sitting in a queue, en­gine run­ning.

10. Be a smoothie Don’t race away at the lights. Don’t creep off the line, ei­ther, but be smooth.

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