Holidaymakers can save a lot on fuel costs by making small
changes to their driving style. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Motorists can offset rising petrol prices by changing
their driving style, the AA says.
Automobile Association PetrolWatch spokesman Mark Stockdale
said motorists had the power to reduce their fuel bill
substantially by changing their driving style.
A few simple style changes could halve a motorist's fuel
bill, Mr Stockdale said.
If drivers accelerated and braked gently, drove smoothly and
anticipated traffic flow, they could reduce petrol
consumption by 20%, or 40c per litre.
''You should drive as though you have a carton of eggs under
your right foot.''
When the driver pressed on the brake or accelerator, the
imaginary eggs should not break, he said.
A vehicle's tyre pressure should be checked once a month to
reduce fuel consumption by 8%, or 16c per litre.
If motorists reduced weight and drag in their vehicle, by
unloading unneeded gear from the vehicle or removing a roof
rack, they could save 11% on their fuel bill or 22c per
litre. Motorists driving with the windows down would increase
drag on their vehicle and their petrol consumption.
Instead of opening windows, motorists should use
air-conditioning to cool their vehicle but only when
necessary because air-conditioning increased petrol
consumption too, he said.
Novelty items attached to vehicles, such as reindeer antlers,
should be removed as soon as the festive season ended to
The regular replacement of spark plugs, oil and filters would
also reduce fuel consumption.
''It's amazing how much you can save and how much it adds