Car at service station filling up with fuel.

When it comes to your vehicle, fuel efficient driving is one way to save you money.

Not only that but it can prevent unnecessary wear to your vehicle and improve road safety.

Here are 5 simple ways that you can improve fuel efficiency through your driving habits.

  1. Gentle acceleration - the harder you accelerate, the more fuel you use. Simply ease onto your accelerator gently to use less fuel.
  2. Maintain a steady speed - when your speed constantly changes you use more fuel. Where possible, use cruise control for highway driving and allow your speed to drop when travelling uphill (you can regain your momentum as you go downhill).
  3. Anticipate traffic - keep a comfortable distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Not only is this a safe way to drive but it will help to keep your speed steady.
  4. Avoid unnecessary high speeds - the faster your vehicle is travelling, the more fuel it uses. Stick to the speed limit and save on fuel.
  5. Coast to decelerate - take your foot off the accelerator and coast to slow down rather than using your brakes, which wastes your forward momentum. By looking at how the traffic ahead of you is behaving you can better anticipate when it’s time to slow down.
Woman and child travelling in a car.

You can also improve your car’s fuel efficiency by…

Removing bike racks and roof racks when not in use. This will minimise air resistance, which increases your fuel consumption.

Not carrying unnecessary weight such as tool boxes, prams and sports equipment. Only take what you need. The heavier the weight carried by your vehicle, the more fuel it will use.

Using air conditioning wisely. Winding down your windows to let in cooler air from outside while travelling at lower speeds will help to cool your vehicle. Once you are travelling at speeds of 80km/h or more, wind your windows up and put on your air conditioner.

Maintaining correct tyre inflation pressures. Underinflated tyres have a higher rolling resistance and increase your fuel consumption. Your recommended tyre inflation pressures can be found in your owner’s manual or your vehicle placard, which is usually located in the door jamb on the driver’s side of your vehicle.

Keeping your vehicle well maintained. A regularly serviced vehicle results in better fuel efficiency. Stick to the recommended service intervals as outlined in your owner’s manual. Using the grade of oil and petrol for your vehicle as recommended by the manufacturer will also assist in improving your car’s fuel efficiency.

If your car is due for it’s next service give Marks & Wallings a call on (02) 9807 1000 or come in and see us at 940-946 Victoria Rd, West Ryde. We offer a range of services to keep your car running safely and efficiently.