You can’t avoid the rising cost of fuel unless you start cycling or walking everywhere. It’s easy to see why many people want to buy more fuel-efficient cars. But this isn’t always necessary.

Did you know that a properly maintained vehicle uses between 10% and 20% less fuel than an improperly maintained vehicle? We have compiled a list of ways to save on your fuel consumption:

  • Be aware of your driving style. If you drive like a racing driver, you’re never going to save fuel, but if you focus on driving smoothly, your fuel will last longer.
  • Plan your trip ahead of time and check navigation apps to choose the shortest most uncomplicated route to your destination.
  • Be aware of how you use the air-conditioner as your vehicle uses more fuel to power it at low speeds as opposed to freeway-driving speeds.
  • Try to keep your speed constant while accelerating and braking gradually.
  • Give yourself enough time to get to your destination and also try to avoid rush hour traffic.
  • Ensure that your car is serviced annually as this will also help you identify fuel-sapping issues ahead of time.
  • Check your tyre pressure regularly as low tyre pressure will result in your engine working harder and burning more fuel to get the tyres moving.
  • If you use your vehicle to carry heavy objects ensure they are not in your car for longer than needs be as excess weight impacts on fuel economy.
  • Use cruise control whenever you can as this technology accelerates and decelerates the vehicle smoothly.
  • Stick to the speed limit. You might think you’re saving time by breaking the law, but you’ll end up spending more on fuel if you drive fast.

By Wanita Wallace