There are a number of things that you can do to maximise your driving time and to help keep your car performing properly and running cleanly.
Cold starts are where the journey that we drive is too short for the car engine to warm up to its optimum temperature, such as a short trip down to the shops and back. Short trips use up more fuel, produce more emissions and cause more wear and tear on your vehicle engine. The recommendation? Try and plan your trips so that you get your errands done in one trip rather than multiple smaller ones.
Maintenance is a key factor to ensuring your car runs efficiently and effectively. A car that is properly tuned with correct tyre pressure will reduce your fuel consumption and in turn, save you money.
When filling your car with petrol, only fill it to the first click - overfilling can lead to spillage or loss through the overflow pipe when going around corners. Also, make sure you have a properly fitted petrol cap - this will help prevent evaporation of petrol especially in the summer months.
Stop-start driving leads to very poor fuel efficiency so avoiding the situations that can cause this can help ensure better fuel efficiency.
Inappropriate low or high gear driving causes over-consumption of fuel. Change into the most appropriate gear as quickly as possible without accelerating any more than necessary.
Just in case you need another reason to stick to within the speed limits, higher speeds result in higher fuel consumption levels, so stick to the speed limits.
As in peak traffic, repetitive braking and stopping wastes fuel so try and keep your travel smooth and constant where possible. This will enhance your fuel efficiency.
While in summer it may be necessary in some areas, try and use it sparingly as these will run up your fuel usage. Read more about the science behind air conditioning >>
The heavier your vehicle and the less streamlined it is, the more fuel it will use. Where possible, remove heavy items from your vehicle and remove unused external items such as roof racks.
Regularly change your oil to look after your engine and increase safety.
Discovering you have a dead battery upon turning the key in the ignition is one of the most inconvenient, yet common, occurrences for motorists.
The New Zealand Government’s aim is to reach zero emissions by 2050. Transport is responsible for 47% of CO2 in domestic emissions and their target cannot be reached without decarbonising transport.