Fuel Saving Tips 101

Fuel Saving Tips 101

How difficult is it to follow a few everyday fuel-saving tips?

In today’s harsh economy, we need to tighten our belts when it comes to preserving our monetary resources, we need to find ways to save,

Don’t fret, check out these simple ways to save-No Bachelor’s degree needed to learn how to save on your fuel bills,

Just follow these simple everyday fuel-saving tips suggestions……..or buy an electric car.

Here Go’s

petrol gauge

1.) Tire pressures, check them at least once a week, maintain at between 2 and 2.5 bar, under-inflated tires create more contact on the road surface creating more friction, causing bad fuel economy and accelerated tire wear.

2.) Plan your routes, cut out unnecessary detours, this shortens your mileage saving fuel.

3.) Drive smoother, refrain from a quick acceleration and sudden stops, not only does this increase your fuel consumption but it puts undue stress on other vehicle components, like the braking system, transmission and tires to name a few.

4.) Use your vehicle’s air conditioner efficiently, it is not always needed.

5.) Having the windows rolled down also causes more drag, increasing fuel consumption.

6.) Keep your vehicle well-tuned, misfires, over-fueling loose fan belts all contribute to higher fuel consumption.

traffic congestion
Traffic congestion causes higher fuel bills

7.) Vehicle wheel alignment should be checked or set at least every 6 months, this reduces the chances of excessive drag which also contributes to bad fuel consumption.

8.) Remove roof racks and load boxes when not in use this will reduce drag and save fuel.

9.) Also, remove unnecessary weight from your vehicle, things that you do not use daily, besides it will be safer at home.

10.) Ensure that you have released the parking brake properly, as our vehicles age things wear or stiffen.

11.) Use the fuel specified for your vehicle.


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The dreaded fuel pumps $$$

The above isn’t necessarily exhaustive, it will help in reducing your monthly fuel bill.

  • What are your thoughts on this subject?  
  • Guess how much fuel you can save per Month following these fuel-saving tips?


#Learn about Fuel Pumps here.

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Until Next Time “Safe Motoring” 

Gary De La Cruz

I have been 30+ years in the motor industry, still hands on, and have great passion for my chosen profession, I learn new things each day and believe that "if you enjoy your work, you never have to work a day in your life"I believe in honesty, integrity and helping where help is needed.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Wayne

    Hi Gary

    Thanks for the valuable information. Much appreciated .

  2. Luke Smith

    I totally agree with what you said that unnecessary objects in the vehicle should be removed, because it will reduce the weight your vehicle is carrying. I’ve been struggling recently, because fuel expenses costs too much. Furthermore, I have a long road trip tomorrow for a business meeting with an important client, so I’ll make sure to fill up my tank in the nearest diesel fuel station.

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      We never realise how many unnecessary items we lug around in our cars daily until we make a conscious decision to lighten our load.

  3. Mia Dennis Grimm

    I have found that it is more economical to drive in a 30mph zone in 3rd gear at 2000rpm, than 4th gear at 1600rpm (diesel engine). At the lower revs you have to press the pedal further to keep at a constant speed.

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Hi, Mia it is a proven fact that the lower your revs at any speed the least petrol one will consume, some cars are just designed to rev a bit higher at say 100km/h, due to its different gear ratios, older manual geared cars do not even have a 5th gear to make it more economical.

  4. Mathew

    Hi, Great videos, very informative and helpful. For my 2.3 I found the NGK BP6ET sparkplugs lowered fuel consumption a bit. Might be useful to try.

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Thanks for that useful information, Mathew I agree it is definitely worth a try.

  5. Moegsien Jacobs

    I still can’t get enough of your informative videos. You are really a selfless person that need daily accolades for what you give back to the larger community.I still wish you can do a 16 16 V Nissan np200 timing belt without using the special tools. I’m anxiously waiting on that vid. You go and keep well. God bless you and your family.

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Thanks for the vote of confidence Moegsien, I will certainly see what I can do as per your request, all the best.

  6. Lionel

    Thanks for all the valuable information Gary.

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Hello Lionel

      Thank you for the visit to my website, and the time taken to favourably comment, it is my great pleasure to be of assistance, that is what my website is all about, to help all that I can in maintaining and repairing your cars, as economically and simply as possible.

      All the best to you Lionel

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