Did you know that under-inflated tyres are
not only potentially dangerous, they also
increase the rolling resistance between
the vehicle’s tyres and the road, meaning
the engine has to work harder and
therefore consume more fuel?
Did you know that the engine has to work harder when accelerating and every time the brakes are used, for instance during stop-start driving, this energy is lost as heat. Accelerating more smoothly and lifting off the accelerator earlier will improve fuel economy?
Did you know that unnecessary idling
will consume fuel and produce emissions
even while you’re stationary? If you’re idle
for several minutes and it’s safe to do so,
switch off your engine to stop fuel
consumption and emissions.
Did you know that accelerating hard and driving at high speeds will make the engine consume more fuel? This is because under high loads and high speeds the engine operates less efficiently. Accelerating more steadily to the desired speed and avoiding high engine revs by changing into a higher gear earlier will reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
Did you know that vehicles use more fuel and
have higher emissions during short journeys
because engines use more fuel than normal
until they warm up? The catalytic converter in the exhaust, which reduces harmful emissions, is also less efficient when cold.
Did you know that a badly maintained vehicle is unlikely to perform as it’s designed to? Problems such as partially blocked filters, poor oil performance and under-performing emissions control systems prevent your engine from functioning properly. This can lead to increased fuel consumption and higher emissions.
Did you know that carrying unnecessary weight in the boot or vehicle will make the engine work harder when accelerating? This particularly affects stop – start driving. Removing this load will reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions.
Did you know that you should avoid driving with the windows open at speeds of over 50 kilometres per hour as this increases the car’s aerodynamic drag? To reduce engine workload and therefore fuel consumption, close your windows and turn on the fan, only using the air conditioning when it’s really necessary to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Did you know that these tips are proudly
brought to you by United Petroleum an
independent, Australian-owned petrol and convenience company which offers
customers premium quality fuels and
competitive pricing Australia-wide.