Top Tips for Reducing Fuels Costs and Green Driving

May 23, 2013

Cars, Tips

I am probably the walking definition of a “late adaptor” when it comes to going green… It has just not been in my thoughts, but the more I research for topics to cover on my website here, the more and more information I find on the interweb about how much it makes sense!

If you are reading this, you are probably a little further advanced in your adoption of green cars and efficient vehicles than I was until recently.

I have found some fantastic tips on how to save money driving plus save the environment at the same time. So it is actually with a strange sense of satisfaction that I bring to you my top tips for saving money and the planet through green motoring!

For a start, drive less. Plan your days out a when you wake up in the morning (particularly weekends). Rather than making multiple trips to different shops, can you go to one place to get what you need, or go out in a single trip as opposed to multiple trips. Not only will you save fuel, reduce wear and tear, and omit less pollution, but you will also have more time to watch the footy!!

Avoid peak hour. Stopping and starting in heavy is something I do not have to face too often here in rural New South Wales – Which I am very glad about! Aside from the frustration of wasting your day in traffic, stopping and starting all the time is inefficient for fuel consumption, wears your brakes and vehicle in general and pollutes the atmosphere more than open road driving.

Consider taking public transport. Even 1 day per week would have a significant benefit to you and the environment. Let’s say your trip to and from work for 45 minutes in traffic costs you equivalent to $30 per day in fuel and car wear and tear.

A ticket on a bus is a few bucks and you will probably be $20 at a minimum in front… That’s $1000 per year, or $30,000 over a 30 year job with a 45 minute commute. Compound your $1000 with even 4% interest each year and it is scary how much taking a bus per day can ultimately save you in the long run.

Watch your revs. The premium range for vehicles to be efficient is 1500 to 2500 rpm. Outside of this and you are burning fuel more than you need.

Start slow and steady. When you floor it to get off the lights, or pass a car or whatever the reason, you burn fuel. Taking off at a steady pace burns less fuel and also prevents you from a likely quick braking event up ahead.

Know your optimal speeds. Did you know that the difference between 90kph and 110 kph can be as much as 25% in some cars – that is to say, that if you sit at 90 kph (which is fast enough), you will save 25% on your trip. That is a significant saving.

Be aerodynamic. If you are towing. Make sure everything is tied down well and if you have roof racks, consider taking them off as both of these create drag. One thing I hadn’t ever considered was the impact of having your window down – apparently it reduces aerodynamics quite a bit, so pop ‘em up!

Treat your tyres well. Get them aligned often so that they are not excessively wearing on certain spots as a starting point. Also, obviously avoid burnouts or stopping suddenly with a skid as this burns off tread. Also, make sure your tyres are pumped to their recommended maximum pressure. This reduces drag and ultimately fuel consumption as a result.

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