Buying fuel at the cheapest possible price isn’t the only way to save on
your fuel bill. Read through some of the fuel saving tips submitted
by fellow MotorMouth members and save even more on your bill!
Or you can submit
your fuel saving tip now.
When filling up
your car, keep the hose in the tank until after the pump shuts off.
As much as a half cup of petrol is in the hose after the pump stops
and you've already paid for this petrol!
When you get in
your car, settle in the kids, adjust the mirrors, fasten your
seatbelt, ensure that all passengers are belted in and check all
other details before you turn on the engine. If these little
preparations take two minutes, then four trips per day, five days
per week, add up to 34 hours a year when your car engine is idling
and doing nothing!
always try to use public transport to get to and from work. If this
isn't possible, car pool with other people who live in the same area
Leanne, South Australia
with MotorMouth and look out for the cheapest fuel close to
your area. Once it reaches a cheap price drive down there and fill
up your tank with as much as you can possibly afford. Every cent
When sitting at a
set of traffic lights or in traffic for an extended length of time,
put your car into neutral or park. This can save a significant
amount of fuel.
shopping trips by making lists of all the places you need to go. If
you need to trade with a variety of businesses organise your trip so
you attend to every trader in each location with one stop. Plan your
trip in a logical geographical sequence so you won't be doubling
back on yourself. This will give you a better fuel efficiency
because you won't be stopping and starting your engine repeatedly
Always try to
accelerate gradually and steadily rather than putting the foot down
hard, taking it off quickly and then having to brake to stop from
running into the car in front. This not only saves fuel but also
makes your brakes last longer!
Barbara, Western Australia
Don't wait until
the fuel tank is empty before you buy petrol. If you do, you will
find yourself at the mercy of service station pricing policies. Fill
up more often so you can buy at the best price.
Jenny, New South
Did you know that
if you travel at 80km per hour instead of 100km per hour, you will
reduce your fuel consumption by 50%? I'm not saying we should all
travel around at 80km per hour, but if you reduce your speed by even
a small amount the rewards are substantial.
My suggested fuel
saving tip concerns tyre pressures. Using the pressures recommended
by the car manufacturer gives the car optimal results between
handling, tyre wear and softness of ride. By increasing these
pressures by only 2-4 psi, not only increases fuel economy, but also
increases tyre life and handling response, while only slightly
decreasing softness of the ride.
I don't carry
unnecessary loads around in the car. Carrying around heavy materials
that you're not using just wastes fuel. Keep the vehicle as lightly
loaded as possible.
If you live within
walking distance of your local shopping venue, walk there and back,
and arrange to have your weekly groceries delivered by the store.
Believe me, it not only saves you money, it saves your tired old