Higher energy prices are here too stay via sky-high fuel costs. There are numerous ways to double your fuel economy and still be a carbon champion of the planet at the same time.
Drive Slower. My Volvo cruises smoothly at 1 550 rpm in 5th gear of the automatic gearbox at 90 km/h.
Check the weather forecasts beforehand. A nice back breeze will reduce your aerodynamic drag coefficient. Warmer tarmac also reduces the rolling friction on the tyres. When the weather is fair, it’s a good time to inflate them and reduce the contact surface area with the road.
Fuel up at the lowest temperature possible. Fuel density increases.
Keep your vehicle in tip-top mechanical condition. Clean air filters and new oil will help. Clean the junk from your trunk. When purchasing a new set of tyres, consider your driving style, and the ratings on them. Use cool, high silicon content, low rolling-resistance tyres when available. Why go for tyres rated for 240 km/h when one is a defensive driver?
Small incremental improvements will all add up. Question everything and have purpose with your vehicle. ADRIAAN DE LANGE BOSJEMANSFONTEIN Hi Adriaan, those are some useful tips you have there. I was toying with using it in DIYW, but I think it sits well here. I almost bought a new car when I needed to rectify some serious wear and tear on my vehicle, but extrapolated the marginal increase in repayment over the period I still owe on my current car and it made more sense to love the one I’m with. The bit about you driving your Volvo slower got me thinking, too.
You see, my kids are now old enough to not need all the boot-filling baby bags for a trip to the shops, so we thought we needed to downgrade. At sustained highway speeds, the 2,2 turbo diesel we currently have is quite frugal. Overall, it sips less fuel than the last three 1,6 turbo-petrol cars I’ve tested. Plus, the big SUV gives us enough room if we want to load the in-laws in for a short trip somewhere, or need to haul party decor around.
It’s all about knowing your driving style and buying for your needs with 15 per cent headroom for growth.
Enjoy your new drill. – Lindsey