Obviously the less often you drive, the less fuel you’ll use. If you live in the city, consider whether you really need to take the car everywhere. If you can walk, cycle or car pool you’ll be saving money as well as reducing your carbon footprint. If you have to drive somewhere, think about multi-tasking and doing as many of your errands as you can on one trip instead of going out several times during the week.
Drive More Economically
There are a lot of ways you can drive more economically such as driving smoothly without hard braking, cornering or sudden acceleration. You can also avoid idling in peak hour traffic, use your air conditioner only when necessary, drive in the correct gear, and use cruise control when driving on the highway.
Maintain your Car Properly
A well-maintained vehicle is much more fuel efficient, so get yours serviced at the regular intervals specified in the manual or by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Using the right grade of oil and the recommended fuel type will also save you money in the long run, and your vehicle will run more smoothly and for longer.
Be more Aerodynamic and Travel Light
High speed driving while towing a caravan creates drag and makes your vehicle work harder, but little things like roof racks, bike racks and driving with the windows down also reduce fuel economy. Modern cars are sleek and aerodynamic to minimise drag, so keep the windows up and remove any unnecessary exterior fixtures.
While you’re doing that, consider anything inside the vehicle that doesn’t need to be there. Don’t use your car for storage, the extra weight you’re driving around uses extra fuel and makes the vehicle’s engine work harder.
Check Tyre Pressure
Under-inflated tyres reduces your vehicle’s fuel efficiency as does incorrectly aligned wheels. Check your tyre pressure regularly and get a wheel alignment if necessary.
Toyota Dealers – Sydney
Hybrid cars are becoming more affordable and offer a great solution to help you save fuel. Toyota now has a great range of Hybrid vehicles to choose from, so visit the team at Phil Gilbert Toyota for expert advice, the biggest range, and the best price possible on your next new or used Toyota Hybrid. Whether you’re looking to browse new or used Toyota cars for sale, Sydney residents can rest assured they’re getting the best Toyota specials available. We can offer advice on the maintaining your vehicle for optimum performance and fuel efficiency, as well as choosing a Hybrid Toyota for superior fuel economy.
Our Toyota showrooms are in two convenient locations on Parramatta Rd, so give us a call on (02) 9735 8400 or visit us in Croydon or Lidcombe where you’ll be welcomed with our professional one-stop service.