Use less petrol: here’s how
IT’S as good a time as any to start evaluating ways of lowering your consumption. There are two primary ways of reducing your fuel bill – good maintenance and good driving behaviour. 1. Check your tyre pressure regularly and do not overload
You can improve fuel consumption by checking your tyre pressure regularly. Over time, tyres naturally leak air, which reduces overall efficiency. Secondly, anything that’s weighing your car down is going to cost unnecessary fuel. Keep your spare tyre in the boot, of course, but you don’t need to keep your roof rack or other accessories on hand unless you are using them. It will also reduce unnecessary drag.
Buy quality tyres from the start. Only buy known brands of tyre from reputable tyre dealers, and have your tyres fitted professionally. Make sure that your wheels are balanced correctly and your wheel alignment checked. Alignment can be thrown out easily by simply hitting a pothole. Your tyres play a huge role in fuel economy. 2. Find out how economical your car really is
Before you can reduce your consumption, you have to know what it is. Set your trip meter to zero when you’ve filled your tank, to establish costs, or use an app designed for that purpose. It might be time to trade your fuel guzzler for something more compact, or to invest in a compact car for daily commuting. Compare the operating costs of other models and find out whether or not you can add to your budget by choosing a more economical model. 3. Drive for consumption
Speed should not be the primary focus when you drive – unless you are on the race track. Aim to drive smoothly, accelerate gently and avoid unnecessary, sharp breaking. Avoid bringing the car to a total stop when possible – starting from halt uses less fuel. Driving just 16km/h slower will use nine percent less fuel. Taking your foot of the accelerator and pulling up your handbrake up can save a lot of money – and reduce the pressure on your clutch, which can burn out after fre- quent use. 4. Plan your route
If possible, plan your journey to find the shortest route with the least traffic. Again, use apps to plot your route and keep up to date. Fail-