Top 10 Tips For Getting Even Better Fuel Consumption

Lusting over the latest SUV with impressive fuel consumption numbers?

Or maybe just wondering how to reduce fuel consumption in your current vehicle?

Discover how it’s possible with a few simple hacks, good driving practices (which are often underestimated), and this very affordable handy device. Read on to find out more.

Aaaah, you can almost feel that crispy, leathery scent of a new car interior wrapping around you, permeating the air, tingling the hair in your nostrils. There’s nothing like that new car smell!

Getting a brand new fuel efficient SUV would be like a dream come true for you.

Still, the time is not quite right. Will it ever be?

Yeah, yeah, we know. Kids at college, a baby on the way, household appliances to fix, taxes to pay, you’re overworked and underpaid…

You tick off thelist of reasons why you simply can’t afford a shiny new BMW, Volvo or that other fuel efficient SUV of your dreams right now.

You wonder if you’ll ever be able to buy a nicer car and be rid of your old one’s excessive fuel consumption.

Want to know the best part?

There’s actually no need to wait for the new best gas mileage SUV to save money on fuel.

Did you know you can transform your old vehicle into a car with the best gas mileage right now?

Or maybe just upgrade to a late model second-hand SUV and save for the brand new one down the track?

The choices are yours to make.

1. Trade Your Old Car In For A Newer SUV with Better Fuel Consumption

Yes, the old car has served you well all these years. You’re used to it and perhaps even quite fond of it.

But the truth is that sometimes hanging on to your old gas-guzzler is just not worth it. Especially when you compare some of the most popular old family SUVs and realise that they usually chew between 10.6 and 14.9 litres per 100 kilometres.

But you don’t have the money for a brand new car – not even for a small new SUV.

Maybe upgrading to a second-hand, late model SUV is an option?

Consider all the relevant variables, compare the cost of new and used cars and figure out whether this is a satisfactory solution for you.

However you cut it, your old chugging 10+L/100km is no match for the more modern versions, is it?

You can pick up a second-hand late model fuel efficient SUV with low kilometres – maybe diesel with 4-6L/100km – for much less than their asking price new.

And you know it will be far more economical than the old one.

Here are a couple of sensible suggestions.

When tested, this 2017 MINI Cooper S Countryman spent even less fuel than officially estimated – 6.2L/100km.

It’s also impossible not to notice 5.0L/100km fuel consumption of this affordable BMW X1 xDrive25d, as well as its reduced CO2 emissions.

Even a late model large SUV like the Mazda CX-9 turbo petrol now gets a relatively miserly 8.4L/100km compared to the 13.0 it got a decade ago.

Here’s a handy article that lists the fuel consumption of many popular cars and SUVs, including the Mazda CX-3 petrol (6.1) and diesel (4.8), VW Tiguan diesel (5.9) and the Hyundai Santa Fe diesel (7.8).

Do your research and think carefully before you decide which car is best for you. Carsales and RedBook can provide you with detailed insights to help you reach the final decision.

Explore what you’d get for a trade-in or private sale and see what used SUV you can afford – maybe even a hybrid or diesel if you are currently in a petrol model.

Some popular SUVs include:

  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Honda CRV
  • Honda HRV
  • Lexus NX
  • Toyota Highlander / Kluger
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Subaru Crosstrek / XV
  • Subaru Forester
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Hyndai Santa Fe
  • Kia Sportage
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Mitsubishi ASX
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan X-Trail
  • Ford Everest
  • Ford Escape
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Skoda KODIAQ
  • VW Tiguan
  • Volvo XC60

Here’s a couple of good lists of SUVs filtered by make, model, size and price:

Still not the right time even for upgrading to a second-hand, more fuel efficient SUV at this very moment?

Here comes the best part – various practical tips to help you reduce fuel consumption and increase fuel mileage with your current car.

Ready?

2. Get A Smart Little Fuel Saving Buddy

‘In six tests, GOFAR delivered average fuel savings of 9.8% in 80,000km of tests. That’s like 10c off every litre!’

Crazy right?

You can actually use a smart app like GOFAR to ensure your car’s reported fuel consumption figures and driving efficiency feedback system is accurate.

So what sets GOFAR apart from other similar apps?

This reliable device will provide you with the exact calculation of your SUV’s fuel consumption in actual on-road driving.

What’s more, getting real-time feedback on your driving behaviour will prevent you from burning money. Not to mention the positive effects on the environment.

You won’t need a fuel calculator. GOFAR will:

  • regularly monitor your car’s health,
  • remind you to service or register your car to avoid fines, and
  • alert you when there’s a fault to be fixed.

All that in plain English.

Here’s exactly how GOFAR helps you save fuel and the other benefits it offers.

So let this log book app help you cut fuel costs by hitting your SUV’s sweet spot.

With a little help, your old SUV is about to stop drinking excessively and become a real fuel saver. Hooray for that!

3. Go Easy On The Gas And Brake Pedals

A gentle press on the pedals will undoubtedly result in a more economic drive. Speeding up gradually and slowing down naturally can save your money.

On the other hand, the harder you step on the gas and brake, the more money you burn.

Accelerating too quickly increases the chances that you’ll have to press the brake pedal harder. In that case, you’ll use more power and waste more fuel.

Moreover, aggressive driving won’t take you to your final destination any faster.

So, keep your driving smooth if you want to reap the benefits.

4. Stay Away From Heavy Traffic

Getting stuck in a traffic jam almost every day has a bigger impact on your budget than you may imagine.

Now you probably think to yourself:

‘How on Earth am I supposed to avoid crowded roads? I have to go to work and get back home at certain times, as many other people do.’

Of course, but that stop-start driving mode is killing your fuel economy.

You can beat it by waking up earlier and setting off while the roads are still empty. Or you can sleep in and leave home after the rush hour (depending on your work flexibility of course!). It’ll pay off.

5. Plan Your Trips

Planning your routes ahead will help you avoid rough roads or prolonged idling because of traffic jams and black spots on the road.

Not only holiday trips but planning your daily activities will pay dividends at the service station.

So, create your to-do list for the following day or week to combine your errands into a single trip.

For example, instead of driving your child to a training session, coming back home, then driving to the supermarket, getting the groceries home again, and going to pick up the kid, consider doing it all in one longer multipurpose trip.

It would be a wiser approach than several cold starts because the car engine is warmed-up and more fuel-efficient.

Don’t you also find it cheaper and less time-consuming?

6. Keep Your Tyres Properly Inflated

Maintaining the right tyre pressure plays an important role in reducing fuel consumption. Yet, drivers often neglect it. Neither over-inflated nor under-inflated tyres are good for your car.

The Effects of Under Inflation on Tire Wear and Fuel Use
Percentage of Percentage Fuel Use Increase

Under Inflation

Wear Increase

10% 5% 2%
20% 16% 4%
30% 33% 6%
40% 57% 8%
50% 78% 10%
(Source: How to Ensure Your Tire Inflation is Just Right)

Be tyre smart.

Bear in mind that properly inflated tyres will decrease the friction between the rubber and the road, which will help your car to run at its optimum.

So, check the tyre pressure regularly and keep it balanced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. It means you’re safer on the road and your wallet will also be grateful.

In case you’re buying a used car, keep in mind that tyres age, and not like fine wine.

7. Maintain Your Vehicle Regularly

Are you using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil? Does your car have fuel leaks? A clogged air filter that needs to be replaced? Any signs of faulty oxygen sensors? Corroded battery cables? Spark plugs need a check-up?

Various factors impact your fuel consumption.

According to the 2018 Fuel Economy Guide, servicing a car that is noticeably out of tune can improve your gas mileage by about 4%.

Keeping your car in good shape goes without saying because a well-tuned vehicle is more fuel efficient.

8. Get Rid of All The Excess Weight

OK. You coach the U11 soccer team twice a week. But do you really need the whole training kit wherever you go, seven days a week?

And you’re telling us that your golf clubs and buggy from last week’s game are absolutely necessary to carry with you when you drive your kids to school, drive to work or do the shopping?

Nope!

Empty the car boot if you want to save cash at the fuel pump. The less weight you carry, the less effort and fuel your car will need to accelerate.

What’s more, take off your roof racks and bicycle carriers because they add wind resistance to the car (unless you’re using them).

Remember the latest Fuel Economy Guide mentioned above? Here’s what it says:

‘Avoid carrying cargo on your roof. A large, blunt rooftop cargo box, for example, can reduce fuel economy by 2%–8% in city driving, 6%–17% on the highway, and 10%–25% at Interstate speeds (65 to 75 MPH).’

In a word – declutter.

OK. It’s justifiable to keep a small basic toolset. We’ll give you that.

9. Use The Air Conditioning Sensibly

Do you know when it’s more fuel efficient to turn the AC off and roll down your car windows to get cool? When you’re driving slowly in the stop-start city mode.

However, when on the highway, exceeding 100 kph / 60 mph, closing the windows to reduce drag and turning the AC on is a better choice if you want to stay cool and save fuel.

And it may sound crazy, but the windows up and the AC off can bring you double benefits if you can stand the Summer heat! Just joking.

10. Consider Alternative Transportation Options

To reduce the pain at the pump, you could consider relying more on public transportation (depending on where you live of course). Taking the bus, train, or subway even once or twice a week will help your budget stay in the black.

Other options are riding a bike or walking instead of just hopping in the car to go to the local shop only a couple of blocks away.

Not only will you save fuel and money, but you’ll keep fit and stay healthier.

Not convinced? Still prefer driving your car wherever you go?

Ok then, but this is the least you can do…

Turn Your Current Car Into The Best Gas Mileage SUV

Now that you know all this, it’s never been easier, right?

While saving money for your new shiny fuel efficient SUV, practice these fuel saving tips to help you improve your fuel economy and get the most out of your existing vehicle.

Even better – get a cool smart app like GOFAR to ensure that you’re driving is as efficient as possible and that you’re getting the most out of your current car’s reported fuel consumption figures.

Can’t wait to give saving fuel with GOFAR a try, but you’re not sure whether it fits your car?

No worries! GOFAR perfectly works in any petrol, diesel or hybrid vehicle since 2007, as well as many older cars.

Checking your car’s compatibility is just a click away.

Got further questions about how GOFAR works and how it’s beneficial for you? Feel free to reach out to GOFAR Support– we’re always happy to help.

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