Avoid excess weight or loads in the car
Whether it’s people, pets or property, extra weight in your vehicle puts a bigger strain on your engine, meaning more fuel is used to get moving.
Consider giving your car a clean out of excess goods sitting in your backseat or boot that may be unnecessarily weighing down the vehicle.
Remove the roof rack
If you don’t have a need for your roof rack, consider removing it from your car. Just like excess weight, a structure on the top of your car can create resistance when driving, meaning you need to use more fuel because your engine must work harder.
Windows or air conditioning
While using the air conditioning typically means extra work for your engine (and greater fuel consumption), windows are not always the better option for cooling vehicle occupants. It tends to depend on the speed you're driving and the type of car you have.
On one hand, having windows down can create drag, particularly if you are travelling at faster speeds (around 80kph and over). At times like this, air conditioning will tend to be more cost effective.
But if you're cruising to the dog beach on a 50-60kph road, less drag on the vehicle means less stress on the engine - so let Fido stick its head out and enjoy the fresh air.
Driving smoother and maintaining a consistent speed is not only more comfortable for passengers and safer, but can translate into using less fuel overall.
When you avoid unnecessary or harsh acceleration, you can use less fuel than aggressive driving behaviour.
Choose when you drive
Avoid traffic and congestion by trying not to drive in peak periods, where you can. Idling, rapid acceleration and hard breaking can all affect your fuel usage, as 'stop-start' traffic puts more pressure on your engine, burning more fuel.