With the high costs of petrol and diesel, it pays to drive as economically as possible. Follow our eco-driving tips to save money, fuel and cut pollution.
Guide to Eco Driving
1. Keep Your Car as Light as Possible
For every 100kg of weight in your boot, fuel efficiency decreases up to 6% on a mid-size saloon. A vehicle’s fuel efficiency is also very sensitive to air friction; for example, installing a roof rack may decrease fuel efficiency by up to 20%.
2. Maintain the Tyres Recommended Air Pressure
If you are driving with tyres that are 50kPA less than the recommended air pressure, fuel efficiency may decrease by up to 6% in the city and 4% on the road.
3. If your car is idle for longer periods of time, turn off the engine or put into neutral.
If your car is idle for more than a minute with the engine running, it consumes more fuel than when starting your car. In 10 minutes, your car will consume 130cc of fuel.
4. Refrain from Abrupt Acceleration / Quick Starts
Gradual acceleration enhances fuel efficiency. Accelerating about 20km/h through five seconds enhances fuel efficiency by about 11km.
5. Use Engine Brakes
Taking your feet off the accelerator to slow down could enhance your fuel efficiency by 2%.
Additional Recommendations for Economic Driving
Use air conditioning sparingly
Use tyres that enhance fuel efficiency
Keep the windows and the sunroof closed when the car is in motion
Drive under low RPM’s (Revolutions Per Minute)