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Fuel saving driving tips


No matter where you live or what type of car you drive, chances are you can squeeze a bit more mileage out of each tank of fuel. An improvement of just one or two kilometres per litre of fuel can really add up.

These 12 fuel saving tips can help you improve your car's fuel economy. So, you’ll save money while you reduce CO2 emissions into the environment. Most of these tips will give you a small increase in mileage per tank of fuel − but use several tips together and the fuel mileage improvements become substantial.

Think about how your fuel saving efforts will benefit the Earth and future generations.

Fuel saving driving tips

Slow down

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One of the easiest and most efficient ways to save fuel is to reduce your speed. As speed of the car increases the fuel consumption increases. For example, an increase of speed from 40km/h to 80km/h almost doubles fuel consumption. However, too high or too low speed can both lead to a high fuel consumption rate in l/100km. The optimum fuel economy occurs between 50km/h and 70km/h*.

* Source: Elsevier, Transportation research

Change your driving style

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You can save fuel by accelerating gradually and by changing gears as smoothly as possible. Anticipate stops to avoid sudden braking, and take a long view of the road ahead, coasting safely to an intersection in front of you where you see traffic stopped. Driving aggressively, like pedal-to-the-metal manoeuvres and sudden braking can use as much as 20% more fuel than smooth driving*.

* Source: U.S. Environmental protection agency (EPA)

Use the highest possible gear

Use the highest possible gear

Cars are designed to start in the lowest gear possible because that's where they have the most power, but at a certain speed driving in highest gear possible can improve your fuel economy. Cruising along in low gears can increase your fuel consumption. When it's safe to do so, always try to change up to a higher gear.

Selective cruise control

Selective cruise control

Using cruise control can improve your fuel consumption by maintaining a steady speed on flat roads or downhill. If you are driving uphill, using cruise control will force your vehicle to speed up in order to maintain the preset speed thus increasing fuel consumption.

Use air-conditioning selectively

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The air conditioner is an extra burden for the car engine, which uses fuel. Not using air conditioner can save up to 3% of fuel*. Consider switching off the air conditioner when outside temperatures allow you to do that, particularly in the winter period. At very low speed or when standing still, open windows and air vents can keep you comfortable enjoying the breeze.

* Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S. department of Energy Laboratory)

Avoid excessive idling

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When a car is idling, it is using fuel while standing still, which translates into zero kilometers per liter effect.Turning the engine off while you wait and then restarting when you are ready to move uses less fuel than running the car at standstill.

Remove unnecessary load

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The heavier the vehicle the more energy is needed to move, hence carrying around excess weight will result in higher fuel consumption. For every extra 50kg, your fuel consumption will increase by 1-2%*. Think carefully what you need to carry in your car and empty out all unnecessary items.

* Source: U.S. Environmental protection agency (EPA)

Improve aerodynamics by using the roof rack wisely

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Roof racks or roof carriers negatively affect the aerodynamic efficiency of your vehicle. They increase the aerodynamic drag on the vehicle thus increasing fuel consumption by as much as 5%*. Install a roof rack or a roof carrier on your vehicle only when absolutely necessary and remove it if it is not in use.

* Source: U.S. Environmental protection agency (EPA)

Keep the windows closed

Keep the windows closed

Open windows and sunroofs create aerodynamic drag, which slows down your vehicle. To keep up required speed more energy is needed and that requires more fuel. Increase your fuel efficiency simply by closing your windows and sunroof.

Maintain your car properly

Maintain your car properly

Keep your vehicle well-maintained with regular servicing to keep it operating at peak efficiency. Fouled spark plugs, a dirty air filter or clogged fuel filter will all negatively affect your fuel economy. Changing motor oil regularly is also crucial for fuel efficiency. A well-maintained engine can improve fuel economy by up to 4%*.

* Source: Energy and Environmental Analysis, Inc., Washington, DC

Keep your tyres properly inflated

Keep your tires properly inflated

Underinflated tyres have more rolling resistance, requiring more energy to roll, which translates into higher fuel consumption. Tyres mounted on the rim lose air over time, hence it is necessary to regularly check the air pressure and assure correct inflation as per owner‘s manual provided by car manufacturer. By keeping tyres correctly inflated you can save up to 5%* of fuel. Correctly inflated tyres are also safer and last longer.

* Source: U.S. Environmental protection agency (EPA)

Put Goodyear EfficientGrip tyres on your car

Put Goodyear EfficientGrip tires on your car

Tyres have a significant impact on rolling resistance of your car. By selecting Goodyear EfficientGrip tyres, featuring FuelSaving technology, you can significantly reduce that rolling resistance. Less of the energy from your engine is wasted, so less petrol is consumed. It’s better for the environment and you’ll spend less on fuel. With EfficientGrip tyres you can save as much as 1.9%* of fuel in comparison to the average of 6 leading competitive tires.

*Source: Testing by TÜV SÜD Automotive in March 2009; tire size: 205/55R16; Car: VW Golf, report no. 76,236,753.

The new Goodyear EfficientGrip reduces fuel consumption

With the EfficientGrip tyre − featuring FuelSaving Technology − a full tank goes further. Its secret is a special silica tread compound and a unique tyre structure that decrease rolling resistance which results in reduction of fuel consumption. Goodyear is watching over you, with innovative tyre technologies, so you can concentrate on driving.