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10 ways to improve your car's fuel economy

10 ways to improve your car's fuel economy

Last month the cost of fuel went up by around 29 cents per litre, and you’ve probably begun to notice the sting in your pocket when you fill up at the pump. While you can’t change the price of fuel, you can make small changes to the way you drive and how you look after your car. Here’s a list of our top ten:


Regular car maintenance

Keep your car in good working condition. Book an annual service that includes oil changes, air filter replacements, and spark plug inspections. A well maintained car is more efficient and consumes less fuel.


Check your tyre pressure

Underinflated tyres create more rolling resistance, which reduces fuel efficiency.


Clear out the extra clutter

Remove unnecessary items from your boot or in the back seat. The extra weight places a greater burden on your engine and increases fuel consumption.


Avoid excessive idling

Easier said than done in Auckland traffic, we know! However, if you think you’ll be stationary for more than a minute, it’s better to turn off the engine rather than letting it idle.


Use cruise control

If your car has this functionality, use cruise control on the open roads or motorways so it maintains a consistent speed. This helps to avoid unnecessary speed fluctuations, which can result in increased fuel consumption.

car on open road

Drive smoothly and avoid aggressive acceleration and braking

Rapid acceleration and hard braking consume more fuel. Instead, accelerate gradually and maintain a steady speed whenever you can. Look ahead so that you can anticipate traffic conditions to avoid sudden stops and starts.


Reduce drag

Keeping your windows closed at high speeds will minimise drag. And, take down that roof box. It was perfect for your last road trip but driving it empty around town will increase wind resistance and reduce your cars fuel efficiency.


Plan your trips efficiently

Where possible, combine multiple errands into one trip to minimise the distance you travel and reduce fuel consumption. Check Google Maps to help you plan the fastest routes with the least traffic congestion. It will help you avoid excessive idling and stop-go driving.

traffic on motorway

Driving an SUV?

Think about switching from aggressive off-road tyres to on-road highway tyres to improve fuel efficiency on city roads.


Consider carpooling

Sharing rides with others, and even using public transport whenever possible can help reduce your car’s fuel consumption.

man driving car with friends

By implementing these fuel-saving practices, you can improve your car’s fuel economy, and at the same time save some money on fuel costs along the way. Every little thing helps!


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