Minimise your vehicle use Vehicles are least fuel efficient and most polluting at the start of trips and on short trips. Try to avoid short vehicle trips by walking or cycling. This will save over a quarter of a kilogram of greenhouse gas emissions per kilometre of vehicle driving it replaces, as well as give you healthy exercise. Plan to do a number of errands in one trip rather than several trips and save both time and fuel.
Take it easy on the accelerator - more revs equals more petrol use. This avoids unnecessary acceleration and frequent repetitive braking that ends up wasting fuel. It's also far safer.
Minimise fuel wasted in idling Most cars don't need to be "warmed up" by idling before setting off. This simply wastes fuel. Start your car when you are ready to go. Once on the road, minimise fuel wasted in idling by stopping the engine whenever your car is stopped or held up for an extended period of time.
Don't Speed Fuel consumption increases significantly over about 90 km/h. At 110 km/h your car uses up to 25 per cent more fuel than it would cruising at 90 km/h. If your car is fitted with cruise control, using it during highway driving will help to maintain a steadier speed, which will save fuel.
Minimise aerodynamic drag Additional parts on the exterior of a vehicle such as roof racks and spoilers, or having the window open, increases air resistance and fuel consumption, in some cases by over 20 per cent at higher speeds.
Look after your vehicle's tyres Inflate your vehicle's tyres to the highest pressure recommended by the manufacture and make sure your wheels are properly aligned. Looking after your tyres will not only reduce your fuel consumption it will also extend tyre life and improve handling.
Use airconditioning sparingly Airconditioners can use about 10 per cent extra fuel when operating. However, at speeds of over 80 km/h, use of airconditioning is better for fuel consumption than an open window as this creates aerodynamic drag. If it is hotter inside your car than outside when you start a trip, drive with the windows down for a few minutes to help cool the car before starting the airconditioning.
Travel light The more weight a vehicle carries, the more fuel it uses. Don't use your car as a mobile store room. Leave heavy items like tools and sports equipment at home when you don't need them on a trip.
Keep your vehicle in good condition Keep your vehicle well tuned and regularly maintained. Use the petrol that is recommended for your vehicle by the manufacturer. This saves fuel.
TravelSmart promotes walking, cycling, and the use of public transport, AND clever options such as teleworking and discouragement of single occupant car use.
- less congestion and better air quality
- improved health and fitness
- safer communities and streets
- vibrant cities and a better quality of life
- reduced greenhouse gas emissions