Use less fuel and save

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

If you’re trav­el­ling around the coun­try this Sum­mer, you may find your­self on roads and in towns you’ve never been be­fore.

This can cer­tainly make it dif­fi­cult to know when to make your fuel stops.

Be­low are some great tips to see your tank last longer, tak­ing you fur­ther.

1. Use less air con­di­tion­ing

Open your win­dows in­stead, or pull over to al­low your­self fresh air reg­u­larly.

2. Un­der­take proper ve­hi­cle main­te­nance

Be­fore you set off, en­sure your ve­hi­cle has had a full check. This in­cludes get­ting the tyres pumped up and mak­ing sure it is run­ning as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble.

3. Take the short­est route to your des­ti­na­tion

If your trip doesn’t in­clude sight- see­ing, take the short­est route there to save fuel. But en­sure you drive to the con­di­tions of the roads you take.

4. Pur­chase a fuel ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cle

Ei­ther use your most fuel-ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cle for the trip, or opt for a new one as a treat to your­self in the new year.

5. Ac­cel­er­ate smoothly

Don’t put your foot down when tak­ing off. Slowly ac­cel­er­ate.

6. Stick to the speed limit

Don’t speed. Al­low plenty of time for your jour­ney and stay safe on the road by abid­ing by the speed limit.

7. Take ad­van­tage of ser­vice sta­tion pro­mo­tions and dis­count vouch­ers

These save you a few dol­lars here and there which all add up.

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