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Tips to help save you fuel and money this EcoMobility month

01.10.2015

With the holidays fast approaching we will soon be heading down to our much needed holiday destinations. I decided to take mine early this year and am in fact sitting in the Drakensburg at the moment, on holiday. While on the long road trip down here I thought about some fuel saving tips for you to try out and hopefully they will save you some fuel.

Here are some fuel saving tips for when you hit the long road:

Maintenance

Servicing: get the car serviced regularly to maintain engine efficiency.

Engine oil: make sure you use the right specification of engine oil.

Tyres: check tyre pressures regularly and before long journeys; under-inflated tyres create more rolling resistance and so use more fuel.

Before you go

Lose weight: extra weight means extra fuel so if there's anything in the boot you don't need on the journey take it out, also hit the gym before your holiday, trust me, every bit counts. 

Streamline: roof-racks and boxes add wind resistance and so increase fuel consumption. If you don't need it take it off – if you do, pack carefully to reduce drag.

Leave promptly: don't start the engine until you're ready to go as idling wastes fuel and the engine warms up more quickly when you're moving.

Don't get lost: plan unfamiliar journeys to reduce the risk of getting lost and check the traffic news before you leave.

En route

Easy does it: drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking.

Decelerate smoothly: when you have to slow down or stop, decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in time, leaving the car in gear.

Rolling: if you can keep the car moving all the time, so much the better; stopping then starting again uses more fuel than rolling.

Change up earlier: don't labour the engine but try changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000rpm in a diesel car or around 2,500rpm in a petrol car. This can make such a difference to your cars efficiency.

Cut down on the air-con: air-conditioning increases fuel consumption at low speeds, but at higher speeds the effects are less noticeable. So if it's a hot day open the windows around town and save the air conditioning for high speed driving.

Stick to speed limits: the faster you go the greater the fuel consumption. The faster you drive the more work the engine has to do, thus needing more fuel. Take it easy, the journey is all part of the holiday.

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Article written by Justin Jacobs
01.10.2015
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