1. Think smart at the fuel pump
Don’t top up your gas tank unnecessarily – each litre of fuel means more weight to transport leading to worse gas consumption
Also, never refuel in the middle of the day when the temperature is high. It is better to do so in the cooler air of the morning or evening because the volume of gasoline and diesel varies with temperature. The hotter it is, the more the fuel expands and the more space it takes up in your tank.
Use this tool to estimate your consumption.
2. Adopt eco-driving
The bill at the pump doesn’t depend only on taxes and the price of gas, it also comes from your driving habits. Eco-driving reduces fuel consumption by almost a fifth. Reducing your speed by 20 km/h can save you up to 20% fuel. It doesn't take much longer either; you’ll only lose four minutes on a 100-kilometre trip by using this method.
In addition to the peace of mind it provides (i.e. no speeding tickets), cruise control also avoids unnecessary accelerations and slowdowns which greatly reduces consumption.
If your vehicle will be stopped for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine. An idling engine still consumes fuel, and the consumption required to restart your car is minimal. So, it’s best to restart the engine than to leave it running.
3. Take care of your tires
A well-maintained vehicle performs better, consumes less fuel and emits less CO2. Motorists that drive with poorly inflated tires, can experience more rapid wear compared to those that keep theirs property inflated at all times. In fact, up to 20% of your vehicle's total fuel consumption depends on your tires – so it’s important that tires are well inflated and in good condition. To do this, check your tire pressure every month.