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Make Your Car More Fuel Efficient


When you improve the fuel efficiency of your car, you’re not just cutting down on your petrol expenses; you’re also taking a substantial step toward improving the health of our planet. Fuel emissions are a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions and release pollutants into the air that damage our atmosphere and ecosystem. You can do your part to help the earth and cut your costs by taking these steps today.

  1. Check your tyres. The inflation of your tyres has a major impact on the fuel efficiency of your car. If your tyres are under-inflated, you may be increasing your fuel consumption by as much as 6%. Check your pressure at least once a month and consult at expert at Taleb Tyres if you’re unsure of what pressure you should be using for your specific car, or need a new set of tyres to keep your vehicle in good condition.
  2. Choose your fuel wisely. Some car owners mistakenly believe that opting for a pricier fuel option will improve the efficiency of their vehicle. This may not always be the case. Check your car manual or speak to your dealership to find out which fuel will suit your car best and then pick the pump that works for you. You may be filling your tank with a more expensive option without good reason.
  3. Keep your engine clean. The efficiency of your engine will have a profound impact on the overallhealth of your car. Make sure your engine is serviced regularly to keep it running well – an engine experiencing problems will use substantially more fuel and release more emissions than a similar engine that’s been serviced well.
  4. Do your errands all at once. Many people don’t realise that taking several short trips in the car throughout the day uses more fuel than doing all of your errands in one longer trip. Your vehicle should begin to warm up after about 5km of driving, so your car will become more fuel-efficient after that point. If you do multiple short trips, your car is forced to warm up repeatedly, leaving your vehicle less fuel-efficient and you short on cash.
  5. Drive carefully. The way you drive can make a big difference when it comes to the efficiency of your car. If you stop and start frequently, you will inevitably use more fuel. If you find yourself stopping and starting throughout your drive, try looking for routes that offer an easier journey, and avoid areas with heavy traffic. Avoid revving too frequently on the accelerator as each rev draws petrol, and try slowly stopping before braking rather than abruptly braking and accelerating. This style of driving will put your car under less pressure, and give you a smoother ride.
  6. Keep your speed down. Aside from landing you expensive speeding tickets and potential trouble with the law, speeding puts unnecessary pressure on your car’s petrol usage. Your car increases its fuel usage once you go over around 90km/hour, so keep your speed down to decrease emissions and save petrol.
  7. Get rid of car clutter. If your car is weighed down by excess clutter and luggage in the boot it will inevitably require more fuel to get moving. Clean out your vehicle to keep your car as lightweight as possible.