FUELAcademy - Fuel Economy Specialists

Taylor's Tips

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Fuel Economy Tips

Every driver has some control over the amount of fuel they use, it’s in your hands and to be frank it’s not rocket science. You can set your own individual fuel economy record by simply following the listed Taylor’s Tips. Drop us a line to let us know how you get on, good luck and happy, smart, safe motoring.

Top 27 Fuel Economy Tips

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    1

    Drive Smoothly
    Aggressive driving can use as much as a third more fuel than safe driving. Avoid accelerating or braking too hard and try to keep your steering as smooth as possible.


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    2

    Use Higher Gears
    The higher the gear you drive in the lower your engine speed is, which can improve fuel efficiency. So change up a gear whenever you can, without labouring the engine.


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    3

    Tune and Service Your Engine
    A well tuned engine can improve fuel economy, so change your oil and follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing.


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    4

    Keep Your Tyres at the Right Pressure
    Correctly inflated tyres are safer and last longer. A tyre that is under inflated by just 1psi can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 3%. An under or over inflated tyre is also more susceptible to failing.

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    5

    Avoid Carrying Excess Weight
    For every extra 100 lbs (45 kg) you carry your fuel efficiency can drop by 1-2%. So keep your boot or back seat clear of unnecessary items that just add weight to your vehicle.



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    6

    Remove the Roof Rack
    If you’re not using your roof rack, then remove it. They affect the aerodynamic efficiency of vehicles and create drag, reducing fuel economy.





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    7

    Use the Correct Oil
    Always use the recommended grade of motor oil. Using the manufacturer’s recommended lubricant can improve fuel efficiency. Higher quality motor oils can help your engine operate more efficiently.


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    8

    Fuel Matters
    All fuels are not created equal. Fuel economy is maximised in the engine through a combination of good driving techniques and using the right fuel…one that keeps the moving parts of the engine clean. We choose Caltex Vortex Premium fuels to move our vehicles.

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    9

    Avoid Excess Idling
    Idling gets you nowhere but still burns fuel. Turn the engine off when you’re in a queue, or waiting for someone, until you need it.


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    10

    Plan Trips Carefully
    Cutting down on the time spent in the car is the easiest way to conserve fuel. To reduce driving time, combine all your short trips and errands into a single journey.

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    11

    Avoid Over Revving
    Change gears prudently when you’re accelerating. Never ‘redline’ the rev counter.



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    12

    Keep Your Distance
    Leave a sensible distance between yourself and the car ahead to give you ample time to brake safely.



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    13

    Avoid High Speeds
    The faster you go, the more wind resistance you’ll encounter and the more fuel your vehicle will consume just to maintain speed. Driving just 8kph over the speed limit can affect fuel economy by up to 23%.

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    14

    Use Air Conditioning Sparingly
    Air conditioning puts added strain on the engine and uses fuel to operate, so limit use to particularly hot or cold days. When possible use the fan instead.


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    15

    Avoid Rush Hour
    If you can travel outside of peak times, do so, you’ll spend less time stuck in traffic and consume less fuel as a result




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    16

    Conserve Momentum
    Instead of coasting when you reach a downward slope, maintain steady engine revs. This will mean you pick up speed, and if you've then got a hill to climb, it gives you considerable added momentum to help go up it, energy efficiently.

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    17

    Ensure Your Fuel Cap is Air Tight
    Fuel evaporates every time you open the fuel cap. To stop this, make larger fill-ups as opposed to repeatedly topping up your tank.


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    18

    Keep Calm
    When you’re not calm, you’re more likely to make errors of judgment. Fuel efficiency is all about smoothness, and keeping calm is absolutely crucial to achieving best fuel economy results.

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    19

    Headwinds
    When you're faced with a headwind, the engine has to work much harder to cover the same distance because of drag. The only thing to do is to moderate your speed to ensure that the engine doesn't end up labouring too hard.

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    20

    Drive Downhill in Gear
    Driving down hill in neutral (free wheeling) you will use some fuel. When you drive down hill in gear (the safest gear under the circumstances) in a modern day car you will use NO fuel whatsoever

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    21

    The Driver
    By far the most important factor in the reduction of fuel consumption is you. The rule is simply SLOW DOWN. There is no need to ‘stomp’ the accelerator into the carpet to the next red traffic light. It is possible to achieve the same speeds using far less fuel by simply being patient. If you’re using your brakes unnecessarily you’re essentially wasting energy. Try to anticipate traffic situations, it’s safer TOO.

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    22

    Travel Light - Ladies
    Travel light - Take out shopping, shoes, clothes, baby seats from your car when not required, leave them at home. The more weight you carry, the higher your fuel consumption will be.








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    23

    Preparation - Before You Drive!
    Leave home at a time that enables you a relaxed journey. Plan ahead so you have your hair done and your make-up on BEFORE you leave the house. You will arrive safe and driving smoothly you will consume less fuel.






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    24

    Never Operate a Telephone While Driving
    Have your mobile phone ear piece attached prior to turning on your engine. Never drive without a telephone hands free accessory. Better still pull off the road into a safe static area, thus reducing distractions dangerous to other road users.





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    25

    Accelerate Gradually: Maintain Consistent Speeds
    Accelerate gradually when moving off. Fast starts burn a lot more fuel. Now, majority of countries roads are condusive to good fuel economy, with speed limits of 50 to 100 km per hour on most city roads and highways. Try to maintain consistent speeds, where the speed limit laws allow.

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    Enjoy Your Drive
    Read the road ahead, signal early, drive smoothly and as relaxed as you possibly can. Smooth consistent driving will result in better economy figures.






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    Driving With Children and Babies
    When driving with children and babies, it is important to have them settled BEFORE you start your journey. Ensure they are content and you will have no unnecessary distractions. The result will be a smoother and safer journey!