is feeling the financial pain from the drastic increases in fuel
prices we are all experiencing. Young working families and small
business operators are feeling it most as their standard of living
and earning potential is seriously compromised. There is not much
we can do as individuals to reduce the cost of the fuel, but there
is a great deal we can all do to reduce the amount of fuel we
use on a weekly basis.
you one of the reasons for your excessive fuel use?
is a selection of driving tips from different motoring organisations
that have been proved to reduce your fuel use.
your driving habits will take time so place this page in your "Favourites"
and refer back to it regularly. Adopting a few of these tips will
put you in control of how much you pay for your fuel. Try to make
one change a week until you are using all of them.
- Avoid situations where your engine is idling for prolonged periods
of time. In a "Bumper to Bumper" traffic jam, you will
use 19% more fuel to travel the same distance.
Fast - This pours fuel into the carburettor and
you will use much less by gradually increasing your speed. Accelerating
rapidly will use anywhere up to 50 litres per 100kms, gradual
speed increases will use 1/4 of the fuel and you will still get
to your destination.
- If your car is fitted with this, use it on highway driving.
This maintains a constant speed for a minimum amount of fuel use
and you will save between 7% & 14%.
- Shop for your groceries where they offer fuel discount vouchers
and use them. Every cent discount you get is money that remains
in your pocket.
The Right Day To Fill Up - Monitor the daily prices
at your local fuel station. In Australia our fuel is nearly 10c/ltr
cheaper on Mondays & Tuesdays. Fill up only on the cheapest
days in your area.
Resistance - Most vehicles are aerodynamically
designed to minimise excessive fuel use while travelling. If your
vehicle is not (eg. large flat area on most family vans), going
a little slower and winding up your windows decreases drag and
uses less fuel.
- On highway trips you will use considerably less fuel if you
follow a truck and ride at a safe distance in its wind slipstream.
Under the Speed Limit - Never
exceed the legal speed limit. Primarily they are set for your
travelling safety, however better fuel efficiency also occurs.
Travelling at 90 km/h instead of 100 km/h give you up to 12% better
Not Drive Aggressively
- Slowing down or speeding up unnecessarily wastes fuel. Being
a more patient driver will save you up to 30% on your fuel.
Not Break Hard
- Apart from saving money on replacing break pads, getting into
the habit of gradual breaking encourages you to also start accelerating
gradually and you save more fuel.
- On approaching hills you will use 25% of the fuel needed to
get over it if you accelerate before reaching it and cruise over.
- In suburban driving, the shortest distance between two points
may NOT be a straight line. If there are many traffic lights and
other cars slowing you down on the road you choose, you will use
less fuel maintaining a constant speed when you go the long way
- Do not carry unnecessary items in your boot. For every kilo
you have in your car, there is a corresponding amount of fuel
needed to keep your car going forward.
- Do not use your car un-necessarily. Wherever
possible try to do more than one thing each time you go out (eg.
dropping someone off and doing your shopping at the same time)
you have any fuel saving driving tips you would like to offer for
others to use, please use the email section at the bottom of the
page. Your contribution will help many, and collectively we will
all be better off.
your vehicle in good condition saves money:
your car first came from the factory it was able to run at peak
efficiency. As time goes by, parts wear down and need attention.
Failure to do this can have a cumulative effect in decreasing vehicle
efficiency and in turn decreases your vehicle's fuel economy. Adopting
an "If it is not broken - do not fix it" attitude will
only result in it costing you much more later to fix.
System - Very important - If it is not working properly
it will not be burning all the fuel that is pumped into the cylinder.
Check for worn or cracked ignition leads. - Replace spark plugs regularly.
- Check your distributor cap and rotor button for excessive wear and
cracks. Your engine will provide you with sufficient spark to ignite
your fuel - let the spark get through to where it will save you money.
- You need a mixture of fuel and air for the ignition system to work
properly. If your air filter is clogged, there will be insufficient
air to allow full combustion. Replace it regularly - Do not starve your
- When your engine is working properly it generates heat and it needs
to be cooled down. The more heat, the more metal expansion and the more
strain your motor has to work efficiently. Make sure all hoses are not
leaking - Use a coolant and not water. Regularly check your coolant
levels (constantly lowering levels indicates that there is a leak that
needs to be fixed).
- Vital - Oil does not degrade, it simply becomes contaminated by exhaust
leakage and worn metal particles from your engine. When it loses its
viscosity (lubricating ability), all the moving metal components in
your engine have increased friction as they find it more difficult to
work. Regular oil changes with oil recommended for your car will save
you major engine repairs and increase fuel efficiency.
- If your tyres are under inflated, there is more tyre on the road creating
drag. All tyres are designed to be most efficient at their recommended
tyre pressure. Keeping them at this pressure will also decrease your
- The role of the Fuel Injectors is to convert the flow of petrol into
a micro-fine mist of fuel that is mixed with air ready for combustion.
If your injectors are clogged, there will be large droplets of fuel
fed into your cylinder that will be ignited by your spark plugs but
they will continue to burn as they leave the engine through the exhaust
and this is lost power. Purchase an Injector Cleaner every 3 or 4 months
and add it to your fuel to keep them in good condition.
- This will happen inside all cylinders that are not effectively burning
all the fuel within the cylinder. Leaving this unchecked will allow
valve seats to accumulate carbon and make it so that the power of combustion
escapes before being converted to mechanical energy to make your car
work. Purchase a carbon flush and add it to your fuel on a regular basis
to stop this from happening. The result is you are using all created
power to move your car - obviously using less fuel.
you have any car maintenance tips you would like to offer for others to
use, please use the email section at the bottom of the page. Your contribution
will help many, and collectively we will all be better off.
sure that all the fuel in your cylinder is used:
you know that your engine is designed to convert all the kinetic
energy produced from burning fuel into mechanical energy, but fossil
fuels (petrol & diesel) do not burn fast enough for this to
happen. The fuel continues to burn as it leaves the cylinder as
exhaust - This is lost power and lost economy.......
are many different fuel additives on the market that increase engine
power, but these are usually a simple Octane booster. Using these
will give you more power, but you still will not be using all the
fuel that is poured into your cylinder for combustion.
do you fix this?
is needed is a catalyst that causes all the fuel to be
ignited within the cylinder and not go out your exhaust unburned. This
can be in the form of a product you add to your fuel, or as a gas introduced
to your air intake. The purpose is to enable complete combustion of all
the fuel within the cylinder. More power from the same amount of fuel
equals more economy.
- Though there are probably many effective products, most that are marketed
on the internet usually can not substantiate their claims as to increasing
economy. Go for a walk through your local Auto Accessories store and
investigate their products. Be aware of the economics - do not pay more
for a product that may save you less than the cost of the product.
- Hydrogen is a very combustable gas, and when added to the air intake
of a vehicle it increases the flashpoint for the burning of the fuel
within the cylinder - It makes the fuel burn faster within the cylinder
eliminating unburned Hydrocarbons and exhaust emissions thus giving
better economy. Visit our Hydrogen Forum HERE
to find out more on Hydrogen and participate in the discussions.
you can not find the answers to your questions in the two links above,
use the email at the bottom of this page for more information.
of claiming all your vehicle expenses:
you are already in business for yourself, you will appreciate the
huge financial advantages in claiming all your vehicle expenses
as a deduction off your taxable income.
you do not have a business, you should seriously think about starting
one after you have had a discussion with your Accountant or Tax
rule here is if you have a cash flow you can claim expenses against
your earnings. If you are not earning income through a business, obviously
you are unable to claim business expenses. See your Accountant first,
but some of the deductions could be:
part or all of your fuel expenses.
If you can prove that your car is used 100% for your business you will
obviously claim 100% of your fuel. This usually requires you to have
a second car for the family use. If you only have one car, you will
be able to claim a proportion of that car. The same rule applies to
Repair Costs, Parts, Registration and Insurance.
could rent a room to yourself.
This obviously means that you can claim a percentage of your Mortgage
or Rent, Phone & Electricity, Furniture and Internet expenses etc.
and other "Necessary" things to make your business run.
An Entrepreneur - Start Your Own Business:
you have had an idea for starting your own business - It can't possibly
get going until you get going. Start investigating what is necessary
for your business to get off the ground and make it happen.
you have some sort of business going that is earning you some money
you will be able to not only claim your vehicle expences, but depending
on where you are and your tax laws you will also be able to claim
many household expences.
in mind two basic things:
will only be able to claim the amount of money you earn
from a business
should make a point of discussing this with your Accountant
or Tax Consultant beforehand
Green energy to power your vehicle:
the economies of nearly all Governments around the world rely heavily
on the revenue earned from taxes on fuel being sold. In Australia
there have been discussions with the Government to reduce fuel taxes
by 5 cents per litre. This will equate to a revenue loss of over
$2 Billion per year and this can only be recovered by increasing
taxes elsewhere to accommodate for the shortfall. Obviously this
is not a "Win - Win" situation.
Green energy sources for vehicles will not be actively sought by vehicle
manufacturers and Governments until there is the distinct likelihood
of fossil fuels "Running Out"
are bowing to public demand due to vehicle sales dwindling and presently
have alternative solutions in production.
This is a clean solution as long as the electricity comes from a
Green non-fossil fuel source. At this present time technology does
not offer an effective storage system capable of offering a complete
electric fuel source. The battery technology is not yet advanced
enough to allow this.
Chip Oil ??? -
Places using this report no cost fuel and virtually zero emissions.
The problem here is that there are only a certain number of places
offering free used oil. With a large number of vehicles using this
as a fuel source, inevitably people end up taking oil product from
the shelves of the supermarket. The supply and demand rule then
kicks in and prices end up going higher and the product ends up
being hard to get.
as a Fuel Source -
This is definitely a proven way to go for a source of abundant free
power. Hydrogen/Petrol Hybrids available on the Internet are unable
to offer sufficient Hydrogen volume to to allow your vehicle to
run on 100% Hydrogen, but reports show that legitimate HHO generators
may increase your economy anywhere up to 20%. Be careful, there
are a lot of scams out there ready to relieve you from your money.
economies of every country in the world are dependant on revenue
obtained from taxes received on fuel sales. If the world were to
swing completely over to Hydrogen (Water) powered vehicles tonight,
many countries would end up going broke tomorrow.
irony here is that all countries promote reducing Greenhouse Gas
Emissions from using fossil fuels (oil & coal), but they can
not afford for it to stop....... Don't expect too many Governments
to promote using this as a fuel source, or any developmental subsidies
offered to make it commercially viable.
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