Don’t be a silly fuel
Save juice, cash and energy with Neil Dowling
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.