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Taylor's Tips

We care about our world and the quality of life our children will have in the future. Through education on fuel efficient safe driving you can make a difference, TODAY…..RIGHT NOW. In turn reducing CO2 emissions, saving fuel and saving money. Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference to the amount of fuel and money they use in their everyday lives, it's in your hands and to be frank it's not rocket science.

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Drive Smoothly

Aggressive driving can use as much as a third more fuel than safe driving. Avoid accelerating or braking too hard and try to keep your steering as smooth as possible. 
Use Higher Gears

The higher the gear you drive in the lower your engine speed is, which can improve fuel efficiency. So change up a gear whenever you can, without labouring the engine. 
Tune and Service Your Engine

A well tuned engine can improve fuel economy by up to 4%, so change your oil and follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing. 
Keep Your Tyres at the Right Pressure

Correctly inflated tyres are safer and last longer. A tyre that is under inflated by just 1psi can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 3%. An under or over inflated tyre is also more susceptible to failing.
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Avoid Carrying Excess Weight

For every extra 100 lbs (45 kg) you carry your fuel efficiency can drop by 1-2%. So keep your boot or back seat clear of unnecessary items that just add weight to your vehicle. 
Remove the Roof Rack

If you’re not using your roof rack, then remove it. They affect the aerodynamic efficiency of vehicles and create drag, reducing fuel economy by as much as 5%.
Use the Correct Oil

Always use the recommended grade of motor oil. Using the manufacturer’s recommended lubricant can improve fuel efficiency by 1-2%. Higher quality motor oils can help your engine operate more efficiently. 
Fuel Matters

All fuels are not created equal. Fuel economy is maximised in the engine through a combination of good driving habits and using the right fuel…one that helps reduce friction and improves cleanliness in the engine, thereby improving fuel efficiency.
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Avoid Excess Idling

Idling gets you nowhere but still burns fuel. Turn the engine off when you’re in a queue, or waiting for someone, until you need it. 
Plan Trips Carefully

Cutting down on the time spent in the car is the easiest way to conserve fuel. To reduce driving time, combine all your short trips and errands into a single journey. 
Avoid Over Revving

Change gears prudently when you’re accelerating. Never ‘redline’ the rev counter. 
Keep Your Distance

Leave a sensible distance between yourself and the car ahead to give you ample time to brake safely.
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Avoid High Speeds

The faster you go, the more wind resistance you’ll encounter and the more fuel your vehicle will consume just to maintain speed. Driving just 5mph over the speed limit can affect fuel economy by up to 23%. 
Use Air Conditioning Sparingly

Air conditioning puts added strain on the engine and uses fuel to operate, so limit use to particularly hot or cold days. When possible use the fan instead.
Breathing In

A new study shows that replacing a clogged air filter on cars with fuel-injected, computer-controlled gasoline engines does not improve fuel economy but it can improve acceleration time by around 6 to 11 percent. This kind of engine is prevalent on most gasoline cars manufactured from the early 1980s onward. Tests suggest that replacing a clogged air filter on an older car with a carbureted engine may improve fuel economy 2 to 6 percent under normal replacement conditions or up to 14 percent if the filter is so clogged that it significantly affects drivability. The effect of a clogged air filter on diesel vehicles will be tested in the near future.
Data Sources
Information on the impact of air filter condition on fuel economy is based on a study by Kevin Norman, Shean Huff, and Brian West, Effect of Intake Air Filter Condition on Vehicle Fuel Economy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2009.
Avoid Rush Hour

If you can travel outside of peak times, do so, you’ll spend less time stuck in traffic and consume less fuel as a result
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Conserve Momentum

Instead of coasting when you reach a downward slope, maintain steady engine revs.  This will mean you pick up speed, and if you've then got a hill to climb, it gives you considerable added momentum to help go up it, energy efficiently. 
Ensure Your Fuel Cap is Air Tight

Fuel evaporates every time you open the fuel cap. To stop this, make larger fill-ups as opposed to repeatedly topping up your tank.
Keep Calm

When you’re not calm, you’re more likely to make errors of judgment.  Fuel efficiency is all about smoothness, and keeping calm is absolutely crucial to achieving best fuel economy results.

When you're faced with a headwind, the engine has to work much harder to cover the same distance because of drag.  The only thing to do is to moderate your speed to ensure that the engine doesn't end up labouring too hard.
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Use Handbrakes when stopping and starting on an incline (slope)

Some motorists fail to make use of handbrakes when stopping or starting their vehicles on a slope. Instead they either ride their clutch (for manual transmission), or use the accelerator (for auto vehicles), to keep the vehicle from rolling. A handbrake start will avoid your vehicle from 'rolling back', you can take off gently and save fuel.
Drive Downhill in Gear

Driving down hill in neutral (free wheeling) you will use some fuel. When you drive down hill in gear (the safest gear under the circumstances) in a modern day car you will use NO fuel whatsoever
The Driver

By far the most important factor in the reduction of fuel consumption is you. This is good news, it is one part of the Fuel Economy equation you have control over. The rule is simply SLOW DOWN. There is no need to ‘stomp’ the accelerator into the carpet to the next red traffic light.
Travel Light - Ladies

Travel light - Take out shopping, shoes, clothes, baby seats from your car when not required, leave them at home.  The more weight you carry, the higher your fuel consumption will be.
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Preparation - Before You Drive!

Leave home at a time that enables you a relaxed journey. Plan ahead so you have your hair done and your make-up on BEFORE you leave the house. You will arrive safe and driving smoothly you will consume less fuel.
Never Operate a Telephone While Driving

Have your mobile phone ear piece attached prior to turning on your engine. Never drive without a telephone hands free accessory. Better still pull off the road into a safe static area, thus reducing distractions dangerous to other road users.
Plan Your Journey

Plan your route, avoid traffic rush hour situations where possible. Check the map before leaving, thus being more fluid with your driving. Stop starting, or getting lost, burns up a great deal of fuel.
Accelerate Gradually: Maintain Consistent Speeds
Accelerate gradually when moving off. Fast starts burn a lot more fuel. Now, majority of countries roads are condusive to good fuel economy, with speed limits of 50 to 100 km per hour on most city roads and highways. Try to maintain consistent speeds, where the speed limit laws allow.
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Enjoy Your Drive

Read the road ahead, signal early, drive smoothly and as relaxed as you possibly can. Smooth consistent driving will result in better economy figures.
Driving With Children and Babies

When driving with children and babies, it is important to have them settled BEFORE you start your journey. Ensure they are content and you will have no unnecessary distractions. The result will be a smoother and safer journey!
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