As major retail chains start to decorate their shops with festive cheer, we now have visual reminders that we’re closing in on that time of year when we’ll be spending more money than usual and it’s during this period that we appreciate those unsung heroes that encourage us to save some of our hard-earned cash. Like ourselves.
Without blowing much more of what’s left of our horn, we’ve teamed up with Nissan to populate these 10 tips in saving fuel when traveling this festive season.
Beware of your driving style
One of the first aspects of driving in a fuel-efficient manner is to be aware of your driving style. If you drive like Lewis Hamilton during a Grand Prix race, you’re never going to save fuel, but if you concentrate on driving smoothly, your fuel will last longer.
Speeding up and down is a no-no
Don’t constantly speed up and brake as this type of driving burns additional fuel. Try to rather keep your speed constant while accelerating and braking gradually.
There’s really no rush
Give yourself enough time to get to a destination and get into the habit of leaving early to ensure you aren’t forced into driving fast. Also try to avoid rush hour traffic.
Service your ride
Ensure that your car is serviced according to its service schedule as this will also help you identify fuel-sapping problems ahead of time.
Check tyre pressure
Check your tyre pressure regularly as low tyre pressure will result in your engine working harder and burning more fuel to get those tyres moving.
Let go of the extra load
If you use your vehicle to carry heavy objects, ensure that they are not in your car for longer than needs be as excess weight impacts on fuel economy.
Just crusin’ through
Use cruise control whenever the opportunity presents itself as this technology accelerates and decelerates the vehicle smoothly.
Stick to the speed limit
Stick to the speed limit. You might think you’re saving time by breaking the law, but you’ll end up spending more on fuel if you drive fast and, of course, you’ll be spending more on traffic fines too.
Ventilate with care
Be aware of how you use the air-con as your car uses more fuel to power your air-con at low speeds as opposed to highway-cruising speeds.
Planning is everything
Plan your route ahead of time and check navigation apps to choose the shortest, hassle-free route to your destination.
Need more tips? Check out our economy drive with Ford here