Pressure is key
Fact: Under-inflated tyres are one of the biggest causes of wasting fuel. Check your tyre pressure monthly. Under-inflated tyres increase fuel consumption. Over-inflated tyres have less grip.
How to drive to reduce fuel consumption:
- Drive at a constant speed, avoiding rapid stops and starts.
- Change gears between 2,000 to 2,500 RPM to keep your engine speed as low as possible.
- Use air-conditioning sparingly, especially in the city.
- Keep windows closed at high speeds. On the motorway, even one open window increases fuel consumption.
- Turn off the engine when the car is at a standstill, for example in a traffic jam or at a railway crossing, if it is safe to do so.
- Drive light. Extra weight increases fuel consumption and polluting emissions.
Remove unused accessories like roof racks and luggage carriers, which create aerodynamic drag.
- Limit the use of electronics. Plug-in electrical appliances consume energy and fuel.