*Try to ensure you have as many people in your car as possible as this helps save the environment and if costs split between each of you can save money.
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Fuel Efficient Driving
*Get the most fuel efficient car if you're thinking of changing your car soon. Check out fuel efficiency at government website: Fuelsaver
* Use A/C less
Only use air conditioning when necessary as it tends to use up to 10% more fuel.
* Slow down
Driving at 110kph uses up to 13% more fuel than 100kph. Best fuel efficiency for most cars is 90kph.
* Keep your weight down
Unnecessary weight in the vehicle increases fuel consumption, by up to 2% for every 50 kg.
* Think before you drive
Consider walking, cycling, or taking public transport before using your car. Try to plan your journey. Try to do a number of tasks at the same time so you don't have to take the car out later.
* Avoid short journeys
You use 20 percent more fuel driving when your engine is cold.
* Drive smoothly
Accelerate smoothly. Change gear early (but don’t labour the engine). If you drive an automatic, choose ‘economy’ gear switching as this will keep the engine speed down. Imaging the accelerator as a gas pedal, the harder you press the more you use.
* Look ahead
Check what’s happening ahead, maintain a safe distance and you’ll keep at a more constant speed. This way you reduce the amount of breaking
* Reduce idling time
If you’re going to be stationary for more than 30 seconds, switch your engine off. It saves fuel if you stop for longer than this.
* Keep your car maintained
Keeping your tyres at the right pressure (you can use up to 5% more fuel if the pressure is too low), check your wheel alignment, engine timing, air filter and spark plugs regularly.
* Avoid Rush Hour Its so much busier and you're likely to be idling in traffic using up valuable fuel