Drive within Speed Limit
Your fuel mileage will decrease rapidly when you travel at speeds over 95 km/h.
20% more petrol is consumed when traveling at 110km/h than at 90 km/h.
Remind family members that drive to adhere to this. This will also prevent them from getting traffic summons.
Anticipate Driving Conditions
Use an alternative route if you know the traffic is heavy on a certain road.
This also applies to driving conditions that may cause you to tailgate or practise some other inefficient driving procedures.
The cleaner and smoother that your driving is the more petrol costs you will save. Plan your driving routes accordingly. You’ll save yourself frustration as well as money.
Avoid Peak Timings
In slow traffic, you’ll be wasting petrol and causing wear and tear on your car.
If you are heading home and know that the journey is going to be slow you may want to consider running some errands in the meantime.
Accelerate before going upslope
When approaching upslope, accelerate before you reach it. This will save fuel while you are climbing upslope.
Caution: Accelerate in a safe manner or you wont be able to save fuel ever again.
Employ higher gears
If you drive at fast speeds using the wrong and often lower gears, you will reduce your fuel economy by as much as 40 percent.
Keep foot off Brake when Driving
Try to avoid the habit of keeping your foot on the brake, even lightly, when you are driving. When you rest your foot on the brake you use more fuel than you would otherwise and you also will wear out your brakes much sooner. This brings back to the point that you should drive within the speed limit so as to reduce the frequency of braking.
Buy Environmental Friendly or Smart Cars
Buying a hybrid vehicle can save on the cost of fuel.
When you are traveling with a carrier or a roof rack, you will be increasing your fuel cost by as much as 5 percent. Reduce the amount of aerodynamic drag and improve your fuel consumption by placing as much as you can in the trunk of your car.
When carrying heavy objects in the car, you reduce your fuel economy by as much as 1 to 2 percent.
It might be more beneficial to hire a truck or borrow one from a friend so that you can reduce the wear and tear on your car as well as keep down your fuel costs.
Tightening the Fuel Cap
It may seem like a small thing to do, but tightening the fuel cap on your car will prevent petrol from evaporating and escaping into the air.
When you are driving on the highway you should be using cruise control whenever possible to maintain a steady pace.
This will help to increase your fuel consumption.
Many newer vehicles come with cruise control as a feature and not as a luxury choice for just this reason: to save on fuel costs.