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Driver behaviour

Encouraging your staff to have good driving habits and keeping cars well-tuned can reduce your fuel bills by up to 20%. This effectively gives you over two months' worth of free fuel a year.

Fuel saving tips

Encourage your staff to try the following tips for a month:

Drive smoothly

Accelerate smoothly. Change gear early, but don't labour the engine. If you drive an automatic, choose economy gear switching as this will keep the engine speed down. 

Watch your speed

Reducing your speed by 10 km/hr can knock around 10% off your fuel consumption.

Look ahead, maintaining a safe following distance, and you'll keep at a more constant speed. This uses less fuel than constantly accelerating and braking. 

Care for your car

Keeping your tyres at the right pressure saves fuel, as does regularly checking the wheel alignment, engine timing, air filter and spark plugs. 

Watch your air conditioning

Only use air conditioning when you really need it: running it uses around 10% more fuel. 

Keep your load down

A heavier vehicle means more drag. If you do not need the heavy items in the boot all the time, leave them at your business and just transport them when you need them.  Take roofracks or luggage boxes off your car when you aren't using them.

Limit idling time

If you are going to be stationary for more than 30 seconds, switch off your engine.

Calculate your fuel economy

The first step to improving your fuel economy is knowing exactly how much fuel your car is using right now. You can calculate exactly how much fuel you are using by following the steps below next time you fill up.

  • Make a note of where your fuel gauge needle is, for example empty, a quarter full
  • Fill up your car and keep your fuel docket which shows how many litres you bought
  • Reset the trip meter before you drive off
  • Drive around as you normally would. When the fuel gauge reaches the same point as in step 1, write down the distance you have travelled from the trip meter
  • To find out your fuel economy in litres per 100 km, divide the number of litres of fuel used by the distance travelled, then multiply this figure by 100.
  • Your result - the smaller the number, the better your result.

You can also find out what fuel consumption to expect from a car of your make and model, and compare it to other similar cars using Fuel$aver.

What is good fuel economy?

A New Zealand car uses on average 11.2 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (km) travelled. However this figure is an average of all the cars on the road - including a lot of big, old gas-guzzling vehicles.

You can expect a new small car to deliver fuel economy of less than 6 litres per 100 km.

A new medium-sized family sedan can deliver fuel economy of around 8 to 9 litres per 100 km.

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